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embargo

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

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