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blockade

verb block·ade \ blä-ˈkād \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of blockade

blockaded; blockading
transitive verb
1 : to subject to a blockade

blockader

noun

Examples of blockade in a Sentence

  1. They blockaded the country's ports.

  2. the militant protestors blockaded the whole area around city hall

Recent Examples of blockade from the Web

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First Known Use of blockade

1563

blockade Synonyms

Synonyms
bar, barricade, close (off), block (off), guard, wall (off)
Antonyms
open, unbar
Related Words
curtain (off), screen (off); dike, fence, gate, hedge; bolt, lock; obstruct
Near Antonyms
reopen, unblock, unbolt

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blockade

noun

Definition of blockade

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)

Examples of blockade in a Sentence

  1. it was the blockade of all the enemy's major ports that finally won the war

Recent Examples of blockade from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'blockade.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of blockade

1683


BLOCKADE Defined for English Language Learners

blockade

verb

Definition of blockade for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of blockade for English Language Learners

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


BLOCKADE Defined for Kids

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blockade

verb block·ade \ blä-ˈkād \

Definition of blockade for Students

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

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blockade

noun

Definition of blockade for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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blockade

noun block·ade \ blä-ˈkād \

medical Definition of blockade

1 a : 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

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blockade

transitive verb

medical Definition of blockade

blockaded; blockading
: to subject to blockade


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