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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 While city workers erected a high metal fence Friday to completely barricade the Trump rally site, tempers heated as several Black Tulsans walked up to a corner where the Trump faithful shouted religious messages through bullhorns. Author: Ellen Knickmeyer, Sean Murphy, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump crowd grows, clashes with protesters ahead of rally," 20 June 2020 Masks and gloves barricade our bodies like a second skin. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, "How the Coronavirus Will Reshape Architecture," 17 June 2020 Last week, when William Barr, the Attorney General, dispatched members of law enforcement and the National Guard to barricade the Lincoln Memorial, Berke saw another example of a seizure of space. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "A White House Tour, from Outside Trump’s Fence," 10 June 2020 Deng then went back into a bedroom and tried to barricade himself. Alana Minkler, azcentral, "Police: Former bakery employee arrested in drive-by shooting outside workplace," 9 June 2020 Right away everyone jumps into action: students are instructed to help barricade doors and hide under tables and desks, visibly shak en. Ashley Chervinski, refinery29.com, "We Have To Talk About 13 Reasons Why Season 4’s Jarring Episode “Thursday”," 8 June 2020 Chinese shopkeepers had to barricade their stores against attacks by looters. CNN, "Three Chinese nationals were murdered and burned in Zambia, in a week when racial tensions were running high," 5 June 2020 The state deployed the Ohio National Guard and the Ohio Highway Patrol to help guard the streets barricade during the curfew meant to keep people out of the city’s center. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Attorney ends bid to scrap Cleveland’s curfews imposed after unrest at George Floyd protests; city promises to end sanctions," 4 June 2020 At least one person was killed and two others injured in a shooting early Sunday at a Super 8 motel in Illinois, and a suspect was barricaded inside in a standoff with officers, the authorities said. Iliana Magra, New York Times, "Suspect in Standoff With Police After Deadly Illinois Shooting," 17 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Our @CBSNews team stood at the W Fourth St security barricade for over an hour and watched as state police & national guardsmen blocked it. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Black Lives Matter protests ensue outside Trump's "Keep America Great" rally in Tulsa," 20 June 2020 The footage, shot last Saturday, shows a crowd throwing objects at the police vehicle, which is stopped in front of a barricade. Dakin Andone, CNN, "In one week there were at least 8 instances of police using excessive force caught on camera," 6 June 2020 The protestors walked straight past the barricade and up to the steps without being stopped. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "'Stand and shout’: Protests continue across Alabama with marches, prayer," 3 June 2020 Though the rope broke, and the monument remained erect, protesters pulled away the plywood barricade covering the monument’s base. Fox News, "Protesters attempted to tear down Alabama Confederate statue, Birmingham mayor vows to 'finish the job'," 2 June 2020 As the vehicle approached Pine Street, some demonstrators shouted, ran alongside and tried to slow it down by blocking its path with a metal panel taken from a police barricade. Anchorage Daily News, "Man shot in Seattle after gunman drives car into George Floyd protest," 8 June 2020 Police said a black car drove into an area where protesters were gathered over the past week, hitting a barricade before the driver exited the vehicle holding a pistol. Fox News, "Man shot after suspect drives car through crowd of protesters in Seattle, authorities say," 8 June 2020 The Capitol Hill event was largely peaceful until the man drove the car into the barricade. CBS News, "Man drives car toward Seattle protesters then shoots one, police say," 8 June 2020 The exits were blocked, so Jackson got out of the vehicle to move a barricade, Davis said. Jamiel Lynch, CNN, "Video shows a woman being body slammed by an Atlanta police officer as she was arrested," 5 June 2020

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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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Time Traveler for barricade

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The first known use of barricade was in 1592

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Last Updated

29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Barricade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barricade. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for barricade

barricade

verb
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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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