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1embargo

noun em·bar·go \im-ˈbär-(ˌ)gō\

: a government order that limits trade in some way

plural em·bar·goes

Full Definition of EMBARGO

1
:  an order of a government prohibiting the departure of commercial ships from its ports
2
:  a legal prohibition on commerce <a trade embargo>
3
:  stoppage, impediment; especially :  prohibition <I lay no embargo on anybody's words — Jane Austen>
4
:  an order by a common carrier or public regulatory agency prohibiting or restricting freight transportation

Examples of EMBARGO

  1. <there's a standing embargo against the use of foul language in this house>

Origin of EMBARGO

Spanish, from embargar to bar, from Vulgar Latin *imbarricare, from Latin in- + Vulgar Latin *barra bar
First Known Use: 1593

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

2embargo

verb
embargoedembargo·ing

Definition of EMBARGO

transitive verb
:  to place an embargo on

First Known Use of EMBARGO

1755

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism
EMBARGO Defined for Kids

embargo

noun em·bar·go \im-ˈbär-gō\
plural em·bar·goes

Definition of EMBARGO for Kids

:  an order of a government forbidding ships engaged in trade from leaving its ports <an oil embargo>

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