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 Arrests have been ongoing all summer of opponents attempting to blockade the forest in and around the Fairy Creek watershed. Lynda V. Mapes, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Sep. 2021 The northerners were able to blockade many goods from arriving in the South, and one of them was coffee and tea. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2021 Israel and Hamas have regularly exchanged fire since 2007, when Hamas — which most Western countries have designated as a terrorist organization — took control of the Gaza Strip, causing Israel and Egypt to blockade the narrow coastal territory. Joe Walsh, Forbes, 15 June 2021 The activists plan to blockade the distribution centers for at least 24 hours, but will try to stay for 48, said Lockwood. Eoin Mcsweeney, CNN, 22 May 2021 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, 12 Mar. 2021 The Senate has no excuse to ignore, blockade or stonewall consideration of this nominee. NBC News, 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, 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, 9 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Saturday's violence erupted after hundreds of Palestinians took part in a demonstration organized by Gaza’s Hamas rulers to draw attention to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the territory. Fox News, 22 Aug. 2021 Saturday's violence erupted after hundreds of Palestinians took part in a demonstration organized by Gaza’s Hamas rulers to draw attention to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the territory. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Aug. 2021 Saturday's violence erupted after hundreds of Palestinians took part in a demonstration organized by Gaza’s Hamas rulers to draw attention to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the territory. NBC News, 22 Aug. 2021 The violence erupted after hundreds of Palestinians took part in a demonstration Saturday organized by Gaza's Hamas rulers to draw attention to a stifling Israeli blockade of the territory. Wafaa Shurafa, ajc, 21 Aug. 2021 Under the blockade, Israel and Egypt regulates civilian movement and the import of basic goods into Gaza. Don Riddell, CNN, 2 June 2021 Underlying issues remain unresolved, including an Israeli-Egyptian border blockade, now in its 14th year, that is choking Gaza’s more than 2 million residents and a refusal by the Islamic militant Hamas to disarm. Wafaa Shurafa And Samy Magdy, chicagotribune.com, 22 May 2021 Underlying issues remain unresolved, including an Israeli-Egyptian border blockade, now in its 14th year, that is choking Gaza’s more than 2 million residents and a refusal by the Islamic militant Hamas to disarm. Wafaa Shurafa And Samy Magdy, USA TODAY, 22 May 2021 Gaza has been under a blockade by Israel and Egypt since Hamas took control of the territory 14 years ago. Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021

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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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“Blockade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blockade. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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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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