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, leaguer, 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

The Belgian charity Music Fund sent foreign experts two times to Gaza, which is blockaded by Israel and Egypt, to renovate the piano. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Days after concert, Gaza’s grand piano seized by merchant," 28 Nov. 2018 Production has risen sharply in recent weeks after Mr. Sanalla negotiated the reopening of facilities blockaded by militias. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Libya’s Oil Production Has More Than Doubled Since June, Oil Chief Says," 14 Nov. 2018 Brazilian output has been volatile since May, when a 10-day truckers’ strike blockaded highways around the country, stopping deliveries of supplies from reaching their destination and forcing many factories to close down. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "Brazil’s Industrial Output Slips, Hurt by Weak Economy," 1 Nov. 2018 For a decade, the Soviet Union has set up a magical wall to blockade Berlin, creating an uneasy peace between the East and West. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "11 new sci-fi and fantasy books to check out this November," 1 Nov. 2018 The protesters, who see the government change as a power grab by Sargsyan, have been blockading government buildings and streets in the capital since Friday. Washington Post, "World Digest: April 17, 2018," 17 Apr. 2018 Any effort to blockade North Korean ports or inspect North Korean-bound ships suspected of carrying illicit oil could be considered acts of war by Mr. Kim and could lead to further escalation. Chris Horton, Steven Lee Myers And Michael Schwirtz, New York Times, "Trump Rebuked China for North Korea’s Oil Smuggling. It’s More Complicated.," 18 Jan. 2018 That tens of thousands knowingly risked being shot by Israeli forces speaks to the growing desperation on this narrow, blockaded 25-mile strip of land. NBC News, "Why Palestinians risk their lives to protest near Gaza-Israel fence," 21 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hamas has held weekly border protests for the past six months, aimed in part at easing a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade that was put in place after the Islamic militant group violently seized power in 2007. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Gaza rocket hits home in Israel, military strikes back," 17 Oct. 2018 Despite these mechanisms of political and legal intimidation, everyday folks have continued to persevere, from kayak blockades in the bayous to people chaining themselves to extractors in protest of the construction. Mary Lovell, Teen Vogue, "Bayou Bridge Pipeline Meets Resistance from the L’eau Est La Vie Camp," 16 Oct. 2018 Some boats sailed straight down Buffalo Bayou to downtown Houston, but Galveston was especially crucial to the blockade-runners. Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, "Expansive exhibit highlights Houston’s quiet but vital role during Civil War," 11 July 2018 Over 110 Palestinians, many of them unarmed protesters, were killed by Israeli fire in weekly protests that began March 30, aimed at lifting an Israeli and Egyptian blockade of Gaza. Fox News, "Egypt foreign minister meets Jordan, PA officials in Cairo," 1 June 2018 In June, countries including the U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain announced their blockade. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "The New Lobbying: Qatar Targeted 250 Trump ‘Influencers’ to Change U.S. Policy," 29 Aug. 2018 Democrats hope to retain their blockade over a GOP Legislature, while Republicans see a chance at complete government control. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Primaries in four states test limits of Dem surge," 14 Aug. 2018 Hamas has led border protests aimed in part at drawing attention to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed after the militant group took control of Gaza in 2007. Aron Heller, BostonGlobe.com, "Israel exchanges intense fire with Hamas militants in Gaza," 14 July 2018 The rallies are aimed in part at drawing attention to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed after Hamas seized Gaza in 2007. Wafaa Shurafa, chicagotribune.com, "Palestinians say 13-year-old killed by Israeli gunfire along border fence," 30 June 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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