barricade

verb
bar·​ri·​cade | \ˈber-ə-ˌkād, 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

b : barrier sense 1a

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

Hotel life can be lavish and super convenient, but don't barricade yourself in. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Stories of IRL Eloise: People Who Live in Hotels," 30 Nov. 2018 The suspect had been barricaded in the home for hours before finally surrendering to law enforcement. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Suspect accused of killing Massachusetts cop had 111 prior offenses," 2 Oct. 2018 Young said that during the rehab work, the front door of her apartment was barricaded for a day, trapping her inside. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'He'll evict you in a minute.' Landlord quietly becomes a force in Milwaukee rental business...and eviction court," 13 July 2018 One of the deputies fired back, injuring Allen, who then remained barricaded in his home, the release said. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "GBI identifies son who allegedly shot his mother before 3-hour SWAT standoff," 23 June 2018 On May 25, she was barricaded in English class at Noblesville High School after a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "IHSAA track: 1 week after school shooting, Noblesville's Tyler wins high jump," 1 June 2018 An armed man is barricaded inside his apartment in southwest Houston, police said. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Armed man barricaded inside southwest Houston apartment," 4 May 2018 The suspect then barricaded himself into a home on Sea Breeze Boulevard near Highway 98 and Keller Road, Mack said. Anna Beahm, AL.com, "Suspect dead after firing shots at deputies, standoff in Baldwin County," 5 Mar. 2018 Cell phone video showed heavily armed police entering the townhouse where the suspect had barricaded himself and where the door had been broken down before the standoff ended. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Suspected gunman dead after 13-hour standoff in South Jersey," 11 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her family rode out the storm in a hotel room, overturning a bed to create a barricade against the wind, rain and debris. Audrey Mcavoy, The Seattle Times, "US sends aid to Pacific islands devastated by huge typhoon," 26 Oct. 2018 Two years later, in the wake of the killing of anti-war demonstrators at Kent State University by Ohio National Guardsmen, a strike was called at NU, and thousands marched and built a barricade across Sheridan Road. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, "50 years later: Northwestern, Evanston commemorate 1968 black student sit-in," 5 May 2018 Past the rope barricades at the broad front entrance, there’s an expanse of marigold-yellow Spanish tiles, and an invitation to time travel. Paula Mclain, Town & Country, "The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase," 12 July 2018 The crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when a car slammed into a concrete barricade, police said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "One injured in crash on I-10 near Grand Parkway," 27 June 2018 On Wednesday, a photographer and reporter were able to walk right up to the barricades — and a bit past. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "As city waits for ex-president's library, luster of Obama tourist sites fades," 16 May 2018 Cosby seemed startled when the woman jumped a barricade while a small group of protesters chanted at him in support of his accuser, Andrea Costand. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Topless protester rushes Bill Cosby outside courthouse on first day of retrial," 9 Apr. 2018 Barbed wire was strung across some roads leading to the Lahore airport and barricades were positioned at the roadside ready to close off main boulevards should crowds start to gather. Zaheer Babar, BostonGlobe.com, "132 people die in election violence ahead of Sharif’s return," 13 July 2018 The Trumps are to spend the evening at the U.S. ambassador’s official residence in central London, where new fences and counter-terrorism concrete barricades have been installed ahead of the visit. Christina Boyle, latimes.com, "When Trump visits Britain, thousands of demonstrators plan to show him some resistance," 11 July 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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The first known use of barricade was in 1592

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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 \
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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