blockade

verb
block·​ade | \ blä-ˈkād \
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

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 Production has risen sharply in recent weeks after Mr. Sanalla negotiated the reopening of facilities blockaded by militias. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Libya’s Oil Production Has More Than Doubled Since June, Oil Chief Says," 14 Nov. 2018 Brazilian output has been volatile since May, when a 10-day truckers’ strike blockaded highways around the country, stopping deliveries of supplies from reaching their destination and forcing many factories to close down. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "Brazil’s Industrial Output Slips, Hurt by Weak Economy," 1 Nov. 2018 For a decade, the Soviet Union has set up a magical wall to blockade Berlin, creating an uneasy peace between the East and West. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "11 new sci-fi and fantasy books to check out this November," 1 Nov. 2018 The protesters, who see the government change as a power grab by Sargsyan, have been blockading government buildings and streets in the capital since Friday. Washington Post, "World Digest: April 17, 2018," 17 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

About 500 migrants on the Mexico side of the border reportedly overwhelmed police blockades near the San Ysidro Port of Entry, prompting border patrol agents to respond with tear gas, according to CNN. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is Exactly How Tear Gas Affects Your Body," 26 Nov. 2018 The protests have been aimed in part at trying to break the blockade. Fox News, "Israeli launches scores of airstrikes as Gaza fire persists," 9 Aug. 2018 Israel and Egypt have together maintained a punishing 11-year blockade of Gaza. New York Times, "Unable to Stop Flaming Kites, Israel Moves to Choke Off Gaza Commerce," 9 July 2018 Organizers say the wave of border protests is meant in large part to break a decade-old blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt and pressure Israel to ease its restrictions. chicagotribune.com, "Hamas claims majority of protesters killed by Israel near border fence," 16 May 2018 The protests mark the culmination of a campaign, led by Hamas and fueled by despair among Gaza's 2 million people, to break the blockade of the territory imposed by Israel and Egypt after Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007. Fares Akram Ilan Ben Zion, The Christian Science Monitor, "US embassy opens in Jerusalem as dozens killed in Gaza," 14 May 2018 Israel and Egypt immediately imposed a blockade on Gaza to contain Hamas. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Cease-fire takes hold between Israel and Hamas," 13 Nov. 2018 Humanitarian and economic conditions are quickly deteriorating in Gaza, which has been under a decadelong blockade. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Six Palestinians Die in Clashes at Gaza-Israel Border," 28 Sep. 2018 The protests have persisted since late March, driven in large part by the desperation of living under the blockade. Fox News, "Gaza protests escalate after deal to ease blockade fails," 19 Sep. 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 \
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 \

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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