blockade

verb
block·ade | \blä-ˈkād \
blockaded; blockading

Definition of blockade 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to subject to a blockade

blockade

noun

Definition of blockade (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the isolation by a warring nation of an enemy area (such as a harbor) by troops or warships to prevent passage of persons or supplies broadly : a restrictive measure designed to obstruct the commerce and communications of an unfriendly nation

2 : something that blocks

3 : interruption of normal physiological function (such as transmission of nerve impulses) of a cellular receptor, tissue, or organ also : inhibition of a physiologically active substance (such as a hormone)

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Other Words from blockade

Verb

blockader noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for blockade

Synonyms: Verb

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

Synonyms: Noun

beleaguerment, investment, siege

Antonyms: Verb

open, unbar

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Examples of blockade in a Sentence

Verb

They blockaded the country's ports. the militant protestors blockaded the whole area around city hall

Noun

it was the blockade of all the enemy's major ports that finally won the war
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Finally, the British blockaded Boston Harbor in 1774 in an attempt to starve the rebellious Americans. Hoyt Hilsman, WSJ, "Tariffs Made America Great," 10 July 2018 Protesters blockaded the entrance to San Diego's federal courthouse on Monday to challenge policies that separate and detain immigrant families. Kate Morrissey, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ten arrested in protest over Operation Streamline and family separation," 2 July 2018 Tens of thousands of Palestinians had gathered on the edges of the fenced off blockaded territory from midmorning. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump supporters suffer unintended consequences of his policies," 15 May 2018 Pashinyan warned that his supporters would blockade the parliament if the Republicans nominated acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan to succeed Sargsyan. Sara Khojoyan, Bloomberg.com, "Armenian Parliament Fails to Elect Protest Leader as Premier," 1 May 2018 Israeli officials, however, justified the military's tactics as necessary to stop the Palestinians from breaking into Israel, which has blockaded Gaza for more than a decade after the militant group Hamas took control of the area. Anchorage Daily News, "Toll for Gaza protests rises to 61 as baby dies from tear gas, with more protests expected," 15 May 2018 The Pentagon should lean forward by actively planning to defend the entire first island chain, as well as to blockade the Southeast Asia straits, through which oil from the Middle East now flows to China. Seth Cropsey, WSJ, "America Can’t Afford to Cede the Seas," 14 May 2018 Truckers began blockading highways last Monday, forcing factories to close and hitting the country’s important agricultural sector. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "Brazil Truckers Strike to Cost Government $2.6 Billion Through End of Year," 28 May 2018 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Netanyahu had already exchanged insults on Twitter after Monday’s chaos along Gaza’s border fence with Israel, which has blockaded the coastal enclave for more than a decade. Ruth Eglash, BostonGlobe.com, "As criticism for Israel mounts, Guatemala opens its embassy in Jerusalem," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Gazans began flying kites with burning rags attached to them during mass protests against the crippling Israeli and Egyptian blockade of the territory. Fox News, "Israel strikes launchers of burning kites from Gaza Strip," 17 June 2018 The balloons and kites are the latest tactic in weeks-long protests against a blockade of Gaza, imposed by Israel and Egypt after the 2007 takeover of the territory by the Islamic militant group Hamas. Wafaa Shurafa, BostonGlobe.com, "Gaza residents pray near Israel, as Muslims mark major feast," 15 June 2018 Palestinians in Gaza have been staging weekly protests at the border fence against a decade-old blockade of the territory. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Israel bombs Gaza tunnel, closes key crossing after attack," 12 May 2018 Hamas says the protests are aimed at breaking a border blockade that was imposed by Israel and Egypt after the Islamic militant group overran Gaza in 2007, a year after winning Palestinian parliament elections. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Israel’s Lieberman blames Hamas over Gaza deaths," 21 Apr. 2018 Hamas says the protests are aimed at breaking a crippling border blockade that was imposed by Israel and Egypt after the Islamic militant group overran Gaza in 2007, a year after winning Palestinian parliament elections. NBC News, "4 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in Gaza border protest," 21 Apr. 2018 The Saudi blockade has choked off access to food so thoroughly that 17 million Yemenis — two-thirds of the population — don’t know where their next meal will come from. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "America is fawning over Saudi Arabia’s repressive dictator," 6 Apr. 2018 An Israeli blockade of Gaza has been underway ever since Hamas won political control of the 140-square-mile enclave. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "What the Hell Is Happening in Gaza?," 1 Apr. 2018 Tires burned on the side of the highway, Stimmel said, while large trucks and scrap metal served as blockades, erected by angry mobs who earlier in the day were demanding money to pass. Tod Leonard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "From riots in Haiti to golf in San Diego: A teen's harrowing trip to play in Junior World," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of blockade

Verb

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for blockade

blockade

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blockade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to place a blockade on (a port or country) : to stop people or supplies from entering or leaving (a port or country) especially during a war

blockade

noun

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

: an act of war in which one country uses ships to stop people or supplies from entering or leaving another country

blockade

verb
block·ade | \blä-ˈkād \
blockaded; blockading

Kids Definition of blockade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to close off a place to prevent the coming in or going out of people or supplies

blockade

noun

Kids Definition of blockade (Entry 2 of 2)

: the closing off of a place (as by warships) to prevent the coming in or going out of people or supplies

blockade

noun
block·ade | \blä-ˈkād \

Medical Definition of blockade 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : interruption of normal physiological function (as transmission of nerve impulses) of a cellular receptor, tissue, or organ

b : inhibition of a physiologically active substance (as a hormone)

2 : the process of reducing the phagocytic capabilities of the mononuclear phagocyte system by loading it with harmless material (as India ink or lampblack) which engages its cells in phagocytosis and prevents them from reacting to new antigenic material — compare blocking antibody

blockade

transitive verb
blockaded; blockading

Medical Definition of blockade (Entry 2 of 2)

: to subject to blockade

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