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)

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb China’s navy is growing at a pace that may soon enable it to blockade the island in preparation for an amphibious landing. Loren Thompson, Forbes, "Two Biden-Era Flashpoints Where The F-35 Fighter Could Prove Decisive," 12 Mar. 2021 The Senate has no excuse to ignore, blockade or stonewall consideration of this nominee. NBC News, "Meet the Press - September 27, 2020," 27 Sep. 2020 About 1 million people marched against an extradition bill with China on June 9, 2019, while three days later, protesters blockaded the city's legislature and clashed with police to prevent the law being passed. James Griffiths, CNN, "Thousands of Hong Kongers defy police ban to remember Tiananmen Square," 4 June 2020 In the past two weeks, protesters showing solidarity with those Wet’suwet’en have blockaded rail lines, ports, and other key economic arteries. Kevin Orland, Bloomberg.com, "The Fight Over a Gas Pipeline Is Paralyzing Parts of Canada’s Economy," 9 May 2020 New York City’s port authorities blockaded ships of suspect origin, and citizen patrols sought to root out refugees, but, in the fall of 1798, the unmistakable signatures of the disease appeared upon the bodies of dead dockworkers. Frederick Kaufman, The New Yorker, "Pandemics Go Hand in Hand with Conspiracy Theories," 13 May 2020 Qatar sued Banque Havilland in London last year, accusing the lender of leading a financial attack with the aim of destabilizing the Qatari riyal at the same time as its Gulf neighbors blockaded the gas-rich nation. Jonathan Browning, Bloomberg.com, "Banque Havilland Investigated by FCA Over Qatar FX Manipulation," 29 Apr. 2020 In other towns, people blockaded entries to local hospitals, fearing the evacuees might be diverted to them. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, "Hysteria over coronavirus sparks violent protests in Ukraine," 21 Feb. 2020 Rioters had blockaded even the port in an ill-fated attempt to keep foreigners, presumed to be carriers, from disembarking their ships. James Mcclintock | Uab Professor, al, "Leaving Antarctica for a COVID-19 world," 17 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Assange states that a financial blockade by Bank of America, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union has cut off 95% of WikiLeaks’ revenue. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "WikiLeaks Fast Facts," 26 Apr. 2021 The order gives him the power to set a curfew, blockade streets or call in extra officers from the Oregon State Police and Oregon National Guard, if deemed necessary. oregonlive, "Mayor Ted Wheeler extends state of emergency, asks public to help ‘unmask’ violent demonstrators," 24 Apr. 2021 Despite blockade, China’s supercomputing is leading the world. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "US blacklists Chinese supercomputing companies for ties to military and WMD program," 9 Apr. 2021 As the final lake residents left the perimeter, Sterling and Charles, who pulled a red suitcase with a sleeping bag tethered to the top, picked their way past the blockade. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Last Night in Echo Park," 26 Mar. 2021 Additional police personnel were requested to secure the blockade. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, "Chandler police release arrest records for 5 detained in Anthony Cano protests," 13 Mar. 2021 Since 2007, Israel has maintained a blockade of Gaza's land, air and sea. Nadeem Muaddi And Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Roger Waters and Tom Morello to perform in an online benefit concert for Palestinian musicians in Gaza," 10 Apr. 2021 Faced with the second mass shooting in a week, President Biden and Democrats on Capitol Hill called on Tuesday for fast action to enact stricter gun laws, a plea that was immediately met with a blockade of opposition by Republicans. New York Times, "Biden Seeks Assault Weapons Ban and Background Checks," 23 Mar. 2021 The rapid spread of the variant led to the lockdown of London and southern England, prompted a temporary French blockade of the English Channel and resulted in countries around the world barring travelers coming from Britain. BostonGlobe.com, "No travel history in 1st reported US case of COVID-19 variant," 30 Dec. 2020

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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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25 Mar 2021

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“Blockade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blockade. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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 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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