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

Andrew Zaragoza, then a student at C. Milton Wright High School, had barricaded himself in another bedroom. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Bel Air teen found guilty of killing his mother with a hammer sentenced to 15 years," 8 July 2019 The pack dashed together along the cobble-stoned, barricaded street course. Cincinnati.com, "Florence, Kentucky man gored in the thigh in Pamplona bull run," 7 July 2019 The man had barricaded himself in his home after shooting into a crowd, injuring a 12-year-old girl and a woman in her 60s, according to The Associated Press. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, "Man and woman dead after standoff in Michigan sparked by dispute over fireworks noise," 6 July 2019 On Thursday, for a second day, several hundred police officers barricaded themselves inside the main police command center in the eastern part of Mexico City in protest. Paulina Villegas, New York Times, "Mexico’s Federal Police Rebel Against New Security Plan," 4 July 2019 At that time, militants fighting for a Sikh homeland called Khalistan had barricaded themselves in the Golden Temple, in Amritsar, Punjab. Ali Kazimi, Quartz India, "A Canadian artist is keeping the embers of Sikh separatism alive with false equivalences," 27 June 2019 Some Khartoum residents have barricaded streets as RSF and the police increasingly use live ammunition against acts of resistance. Julia Steers, WSJ, "Brutal Sudanese Militia Leader Plays a Bigger Role in War-Torn Nation," 20 June 2019 The townspeople of Centerville, the fictional sleepy burg where the film’s action is set, react as one might imagine, by running in terror, barricading themselves in their homes, and praying for survival. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Dead Don’t Die," 14 June 2019 Daniel, however, barricaded himself inside the home, leading to a six-hour standoff before he was arrested. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Ohio Baby Boy Who Went Missing in May Was Just Found at Bottom of Well, and Parents Are Charged," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Police walled off the facility with enormous barricades, while local media reported that ticket sales were suspended for the afternoon. Time Staff, Time, "Hong Kong Protesters Try to Drum Up Support Among Mainland Chinese Tourists," 7 July 2019 For years, Milwaukeeans have set up ropes, caution tape and barricades at Milwaukee's Veterans Park the day before the July 3 fireworks extravaganza to reserve space for family and friends to gather. Keith Schubert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Huge parts of Veterans Park have already been claimed for Milwaukee's fireworks," 2 July 2019 Above, find Code Orange's 2017 TIHC set, captured by Singh in all its barricade-free mayhem. Chris Payne, Billboard, "What Does It Mean to Be an Independent Festival in 2019?," 26 June 2019 Quartz/Isabella Steger Isabella Steger Selena Wong, 20, carried a photograph showing a scene from during the week of police spraying water at protesters over barricades. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "The problem with calling Hong Kong’s protests a riot goes back to a colonial-era law," 16 June 2019 Far from retreating, heavily armed riot squads converged on the downtown district of Admiralty, as protesters attempted to push barricades further towards the legislature and central government buildings. James Griffiths, CNN, "How did one of the safest cities in the world descend into violence?," 13 June 2019 Protesters reportedly struck back by using metal barricades against officers and by throwing bottles. Eric Kleefeld, Vox, "Hundreds of thousands attend protest in Hong Kong over extradition bill," 9 June 2019 Moye responded that to comply with his order, the car wash must maintain barricades at all points of entry and have a regular patrol to ensure there is no trespassing. Sarah Sarder, Dallas News, "Days after fatal South Dallas shootout, judge grants temporary restraining order on Jim's Car Wash," 6 June 2019 Jin was injured while organizing barricades to stop the Chinese military near the square. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Anniversary of Tiananmen Square bloodshed marked in Westlake Park," 5 June 2019

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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 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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