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

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

In 2014, protesters broke up a groundbreaking for the Thirty Meter Telescope and then blockaded the mountain, preventing any construction. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Extremely Large, Extremely Expensive: The Race for the Next Giant Telescopes," 11 June 2018 But Maduro said the shipments were part of a coup attempt against him, and armed forces blockaded the assistance. Christopher Torchia, The Seattle Times, "Red Cross ready to aid Venezuela, warns against politics," 29 Mar. 2019 After Saudi Arabia blockaded Qatar, partly over its alleged ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, Kuwait feared it could be targeted next. Summer Said, WSJ, "Kuwait, Saudis Close to Oil-Field Pact After U.S. Intervention," 12 Dec. 2018 One Chinese study looked at the possibility of planting over 11,000 mines in a few days to effectively blockade Taiwan, noting that the PLA have nearly five hundred ships and aircraft capable of laying mines. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need to Know About the South China Sea, the World's Next Hot Spot," 27 Feb. 2019 Israel and Egypt have blockaded Gaza by air, land and sea since the takeover. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Palestinians offer new details of Israel’s botched Gaza raid," 12 Dec. 2018 Protesters who blockaded oil fields in the southern governorate of Tataouine for more than a month in 2017 eventually won promises for 3,500 local jobs and an 80 million dinar, or $32 million, fund for local development. Chantal Berman, Washington Post, "Why do Tunisians keep protesting?," 19 Jan. 2018 Russia sees Ukraine’s economy, which Kiev authorities have failed to reform, as one of its biggest weak spots, and attempts to blockade Ukraine’s key waterways have hurt the country’s industrial east. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Ukraine Threatens to Escalate Russia Standoff After Ship Detentions," 30 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The border blockade, imposed by Israel and Egypt after Hamas seized Gaza in 2007, has devastated Gaza’s economy. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Gaza officials say Palestinian man killed by Israeli troops," 30 Mar. 2019 One method was the blockade, whch involved simply surrounding the castle with troops and ships to prevent any food or supplies from getting in. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 Hamas, meanwhile, faces growing unrest in Gaza as a result of worsening conditions after more than a decade of an Israeli-Egyptian blockade. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Rockets from Gaza Strip hit Israel; 4 die at border protest," 31 Mar. 2019 The vast majority are barred from travel and trade, while the blockade has gutted the economy. chicagotribune.com, "Israel bombs Gaza tunnel, closes key crossing amid weekly mass protests," 12 May 2018 Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007, prompting Israel and Egypt to impose a blockade on the territory, largely to prevent the militants from amassing more weapons. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Hamas has developed a vast arsenal in blockaded Gaza," 25 Mar. 2019 Saudi Arabia along with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a blockade on Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorist groups around the region. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Pompeo Urges Gulf States to Resolve Dispute, Unite Against Iran," 13 Jan. 2019 Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic blamed the blockades on former Kosovo Liberation Army soldiers who fought Serb troops in Kosovo during the 1998-99 war for independence. Fox News, "The Latest: NATO force works to remove roadblocks in Kosovo," 9 Sep. 2018 The Saudi regime’s murder of Jamal Khashoggi, its reckless military campaign in Yemen, its blockade of Qatar, and its effort to remove Lebanon’s prime minister all show astounding arrogance entitlement, and disregard for international norms. Lindsey Graham, WSJ, "Congress Gets Tough on the Saudis," 3 Dec. 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 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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