barricade

verb
bar·​ri·​cade | \ ˈber-ə-ˌkād How to pronounce barricade (audio) , ˈba-rə-; ˌber-ə-ˈkād, ˌba-rə-\
barricaded; barricading

Definition of barricade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to block off or stop up with a barricade barricade a street
2 : to prevent access to by means of a barricade

barricade

noun

Definition of barricade (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an obstruction or rampart thrown up across a way or passage to check the advance of the enemy
3 barricades plural : a field of combat or dispute

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Synonyms & Antonyms for barricade

Synonyms: Verb

bar, block (off), blockade, close (off), guard, wall (off)

Synonyms: Noun

barrier, fence, hedge, wall

Antonyms: Verb

open, unbar

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Examples of barricade in a Sentence

Verb

The police barricaded the crime scene. the city barricaded the flooded streets

Noun

The enemy broke through the barricade. Police erected barricades to keep the crowds from approaching the crime scene.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Joshua James Corbett, 42, barricaded himself inside his home in the 2400 block of Harmony Place around 7 a.m. on Wednesday after officers with the Los Angeles Police Department attempted to serve him a warrant. Andy Nguyen, latimes.com, "Sandra Bullock’s stalker died from multiple self-inflicted cuts during barricade incident, coroner says," 4 May 2018 The armed man barricaded himself in the house just before 7 p.m. and did not come outside until Tuesday morning, the Chester Township Police Department said in a news release. New York Times, cleveland.com, "Can Judge Dan Aaron Polster Solve the Opioid Crisis?," 6 Mar. 2018 Two San Diego police officers were shot Saturday evening after a gunman wearing body armor barricaded himself in an apartment and fired through the walls. Fox News, "Gunman dead after 2 cops shot in San Diego standoff; 1 officer reported clinging to life," 2 Oct. 2018 Gary Lindsey, a 35-year-old man from Orlando, barricaded himself in an apartment for almost 24 hours with four children. Johanna A. Álvarez, miamiherald, "Florida among top states for murder-suicides," 2 July 2018 Several people reportedly called the police while barricaded inside. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "The Victims of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Have Been Identified," 28 Oct. 2018 The sheer number of products on display — from bulletproof backpacks to barricade locks to door shields — underscored a certain desperation. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "I went to a huge conference on school safety. No one wanted to talk about gun control.," 30 July 2018 The suspect later barricaded himself inside a home in the Village of La Belle, deputies said. Jeff Weiner, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Country club robbery in The Villages led to standoff, chase, deputies say," 10 July 2018 According to BuzzFeed News, hundreds of marchers got past Mexican federal police who were barricading the border from the Mexican side. Dara Lind, Vox, "How a march at the US-Mexico border descended into tear gas and chaos," 26 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Heavy security was in force Friday night at the Presidential Secretariat, with yellow barricades blocking the entrance and armed police and army forces stationed out front. Uditha Jayasinghe, WSJ, "Sri Lankan President Ousts Prime Minister in Constitutional Showdown," 26 Oct. 2018 Listen to local authorities, and never drive around barricades or through floodwaters. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Florence dropped so much rain that hog waste is spilling out of lagoons," 18 Sep. 2018 Girls leaned over the barricade and hoped for a quick peck on the check. Mike Kotsopoulos, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s a runner’s perspective on the Boston Marathon," 16 Apr. 2018 In addition, troops will build temporary barriers, barricades and fencing, the Pentagon said. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Defense Secretary Approves Sending More Troops to Mexican Border," 26 Oct. 2018 Across the street, tourists and passers-by carrying shopping bags and cameras leaned against the metal barricades and glass storefronts. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Funeral Is Held for Firefighter Killed by Ground Zero Toxins," 29 June 2018 Several cruisers remained later in the afternoon at the crime scene, which was sealed off with barricades and police tape. BostonGlobe.com, "Elderly man killed in hit-and-run crash in Allston; driver located," 6 June 2018 Holmes said miles of barricades and fencing, including chain link around statues and other city assets, are being erected in preparation for the race. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Get ready! Bay to Breakers will jiggle through San Francisco’s streets Sunday," 17 May 2018 Because the vast majority of Regional Rail passengers pass through one of the five big stations, SEPTA decided those stations would have to be outfitted with barricades and turnstiles to deter fare evaders. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "There's no getting around the clumsy design of SEPTA's new fare gates," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of barricade

Verb

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for barricade

Verb

borrowed from Middle French, noun derivative of barricade barricade entry 2

Noun

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French, from barrique "barrel," a typical component of barricades (borrowed from Gascon barriqua, probably going back to pre-Latin *barrīca) + -ade -ade

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More Definitions for barricade

barricade

verb

English Language Learners Definition of barricade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to block (something) so that people or things cannot enter or leave

barricade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of barricade (Entry 2 of 2)

: a temporary wall, fence, or similar structure that is built to prevent people from entering a place or area

barricade

verb
bar·​ri·​cade | \ ˈber-ə-ˌkād How to pronounce barricade (audio) \
barricaded; barricading

Kids Definition of barricade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to block off with a temporary barrier

barricade

noun

Kids Definition of barricade (Entry 2 of 2)

: a temporary barrier for protection against attack or for blocking the way

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