blockade

verb
block·​ade | \ blä-ˈkād How to pronounce blockade (audio) \
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)

Other Words from blockade

Verb

blockader noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for blockade

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Putin told troops on Thursday morning to blockade the plant, saying a breach wasn’t necessary. Fox News, 25 Apr. 2022 Russian naval forces continue to blockade the Ukrainian coast on the Black Sea and Sea of Azov, preventing resupply by sea, British military intelligence said Sunday. NBC News, 3 Apr. 2022 Two days earlier, Putin had given an order not to send troops in but instead to blockade the plant. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 24 Apr. 2022 But Putin ordered to blockade it instead of storming it. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 In an intelligence briefing, British defense officials said Moscow's naval forces have continued to blockade areas on Ukraine's southern coast, preventing resupply by sea. NBC News, 3 Apr. 2022 The Russians also are expected to try to blockade Chernihiv. Nebi Qena And Yuras Karmanau, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Mar. 2022 Chief regional administrator Oleksiy Kuleba said Russian forces appeared to be trying to blockade and paralyze the capital with day and night shelling of the suburbs. Yuras Karmanau, chicagotribune.com, 13 Mar. 2022 Some organizers insist the plan is to blockade the Beltway that encircles the capital. Peter Weber, The Week, 23 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Currently, tourism in Gaza is heavily restricted due to an Israeli blockade inflicted in 2007 when Hamas seized the territory. Antonia Mufarech, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 May 2022 For Ukraine, destroying Russian warships may deter the Russian Navy from operating too close to the Ukrainian coast, thus depriving Russia’s battered ground forces of amphibious support as well as close blockade of Ukrainian ports. Michael Peck, Forbes, 6 May 2022 An effective blockade of the steel plant would free up Russian troops that have been fighting there for weeks, giving Moscow latitude to focus on taking other parts of southern Ukraine, where its troops have made the most territorial gains. Thomas Grove, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 The news of Russia’s blockade came from Mathieu von Rohr, head of the foreign desk at German newsmagazine Der Spiegel. Tim De Chant, Ars Technica, 4 Mar. 2022 That led its Gulf neighbors to impose a crushing economic blockade in 2017. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Feb. 2022 North Korea’s totalitarian regime is extremely sensitive about the propaganda efforts by outside activists to erode the country’s information blockade. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 The densely populated strip has also faced a crippling land, air and sea blockade by Israel since the militant group Hamas seized control in a 2007 power struggle with the rival Palestinian group Fatah. NBC News, 27 Apr. 2022 But experts say Russia’s digital blockade is far less effective than what Putin and the Kremlin would like. Scott Nover, Quartz, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of blockade was in 1563

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12 May 2022

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“Blockade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blockade. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for blockade

blockade

verb
block·​ade | \ blä-ˈkād How to pronounce blockade (audio) \
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 How to pronounce blockade (audio) \

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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