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

At the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, also in the capital, some students barricaded themselves on the campus earlier in the day as paramilitary groups that support Ortega shot at the building from outside, according to media reports. NBC News, "Violence rings out at Nicaraguan church, university after nationwide strike," 14 July 2018 Students around the country barricaded themselves in their universities, and people have set up roadblocks to stop the police. Vivienne Walt, Time, "Meet 4 Crusaders Who Are Keeping the Dream of Democracy Alive," 12 July 2018 Honeycutt then barricaded himself inside a residence for hours, according to police. Ava Wallace, chicagotribune.com, "Reports: Former UCLA, NBA player Tyler Honeycutt found dead after shootout with police," 7 July 2018 The man barricaded himself inside the building, shutting the station down, and was eventually taken into custody. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Fatal shooting of 5 at Capital Gazette marks rare attack on U.S. journalists," 29 June 2018 Lindsay barricaded himself in the second floor apartment with the four children. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "Mom of 4 Young Kids Killed in Hostage Standoff Is 'Shell-Shocked,' Says Family Friend," 15 June 2018 Melody reportedly barricaded 65 students inside a closet in her classroom during the February shooting, which killed 17 people at the Florida school. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "9 Things You Missed During the 2018 Tony Awards Last Night," 11 June 2018 German-Americans barricaded streets into Over-the-Rhine on the north edge of the Miami-Erie Canal (now Central Parkway). John Kiesewetter, Cincinnati.com, "Civil unrest woven into city's history," 8 June 2018 Roundtree came of age at a time when doors were not only closed, but barricaded, for blacks and women. Cristina B Bolling, charlotteobserver, "Dovey Roundtree, lawyer who shattered barriers for blacks and women, dies in Charlotte at 104 | Charlotte Observer," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Over the years clutter and even some electrical equipment had formed a barricade of sorts between the workers at M.A. Hadley American Pottery and a makeshift room in the factory's basement. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville pottery company has a new owner and a trove of forgotten art," 11 June 2018 At the time of impact, the car was moving at 70.8 mph into a barricade. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NTSB: Tesla's Autopilot Steered Into Barrier in Fatal Crash," 7 June 2018 McGregor crashed the event with an entourage of about about 30 people and incited a backstage melee by chucking a barricade at a large vehicle carrying fighters from the event, injuring one fighter, Michael Chiesa. BostonGlobe.com, "Connor McGregor goes on rampage at UFC 223 event," 6 Apr. 2018 He can be seen tossing trash cans and being prevented from throwing a barricade at a bus during his unannounced appearance in New York. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Conor McGregor seen leaving police station in handcuffs after backstage melee," 6 Apr. 2018 The 29-year-old McGregor threw a hand cart, chairs and barricade at the bus before fleeing in an SUV. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Report: Bail for Conor McGregor Set at $50,000 Following UFC 223 Media Day Altercation," 6 Apr. 2018 As Cosby stepped out of a car, Milliken began shouting at him from behind a barricade at a distance of about 10 feet. Tracy Connor, NBC News, "Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial will last a month, judge says," 6 Mar. 2018 The ball faded into foul territory, but Puig hung over the barricade to secure an out. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Matt Kemp's five-hit, four-RBI effort leads Dodgers to 17-1 demolition of Pirates," 3 July 2018 Access around the barricades at Lilly and Mill roads will be provided to residents of the Weyerhaven subdivision during the project. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's a list of summer road construction projects in Menomonee Falls and how to avoid them," 26 June 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 \
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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