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embargo

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noun em·bar·go \im-ˈbär-(ˌ)gō\

Simple Definition of embargo

  • : a government order that limits trade in some way

Full Definition of embargo

plural em·bar·goes

  1. 1 :  an order of a government prohibiting the departure of commercial ships from its ports

  2. 2 :  a legal prohibition on commerce <a trade embargo>

  3. 3 :  stoppage, impediment; especially :  prohibition <I lay no embargo on anybody's words — Jane Austen>

  4. 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


2

embargo

verb em·bar·go

Definition of embargo

embargoedembargo·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to place an embargo on



1755

First Known Use of embargo

1755



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