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 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 Others blockaded the roads leading to Bolivian cities, cutting off supplies of food and fuel. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "The Fall of Evo Morales," 16 Mar. 2020 And if talks collapse many fear that France’s famously truculent fishermen could blockade ports to stop movements of British fish. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "Fishing Presents a Vexing Snag in Brexit Talks," 15 Mar. 2020 Last weekend, many news outlets circulated inaccurate reports that the streets had been blockaded, neighborhoods quarantined and the town placed under a lockdown similar to the one imposed in Italy. Los Angeles Times, "In this wine-making town in Spain, the disinformation was almost as bad as the coronavirus itself," 12 Mar. 2020 American patrols have then blockaded roads, forcing these Russian patrols to turn around. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "Russians Pressure U.S. Forces in Northeast Syria," 14 Feb. 2020 Images circulating on Chinese social media sites, which the Journal couldn’t verify, showed blockaded roadways where men were holding clubs and sticks, guarding village entrances and posting signs saying outsiders weren’t welcome. Josh Chin, WSJ, "China Urges Calm Over Virus During ‘Critical Period’," 26 Jan. 2020 In June, dozens of locals blockaded a Xinfa facility for three days to demand water before they were dispersed by police. Anchorage Daily News, "Chinese metal mines feed global demand for gadgets and poison China’s poorest regions," 30 Dec. 2019 On Monday morning, much of downtown was blockaded by demonstrators peacefully demanding that the assembly select an interim president. BostonGlobe.com, "LA PAZ, Bolivia — Evo Morales, the former president of Bolivia who resigned under pressure from street protests and the military, was granted asylum in Mexico on Monday, setting up his departure from the country at a time when it is deeply polarized and leaderless.," 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Treatments have included anticoagulation, IV immunoglobulin, IL-1 or IL-6 blockade, and corticosteroids. Christina Maxouris And Maggie Fox, CNN, "CDC will alert doctors to look out for syndrome in children that could be related to coronavirus," 13 May 2020 The region itself has largely been peaceful since the abrogation of Article 370, thanks to a sweeping security lockdown and communication blockade that has been eased slowly. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "India’s new domicile law for Jammu & Kashmir is making residents anxious," 6 Apr. 2020 Stalin overweighted the political importance of a Soviet veto on the Security Council and underweighted the costs of the opprobrium his country would endure during episodes like the Berlin blockade and the Korean War. Benn Steil, WSJ, "‘Eight Days at Yalta’ Review: A Complicated Betrayal," 4 Feb. 2020 In return, Israel has loosened the blockade and allowed Qatar to deliver millions of dollars in cash so that Hamas can pay its civil servants. BostonGlobe.com, "GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel said early Friday it has completed a series of airstrikes on targets linked to the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza after overnight rocket fire that rattled a day-old truce.," 16 Nov. 2019 But the proposal called for the U.S. allies to first impose a cease-fire and remove the economic sanctions and trade blockade imposed by the United Nations after Iraq invaded Kuwait. Judy Wiessler, Houston Chronicle, "‘Iraq’s army is defeated’," 25 Oct. 2019 The enemy sides have been holding indirect talks through Arab and U.N. mediators aimed at reaching a long-term truce under which Israel would ease a blockade on the Gaza Strip in exchange for Hamas assurances to maintain quiet. Josef Federman, USA TODAY, "Israeli army: Hamas hackers tried to ‘seduce’ soldiers," 16 Feb. 2020 The enemy sides have been holding indirect talks through Arab and U.N. mediators aimed at reaching a long-term truce under which Israel would ease a blockade on the Gaza Strip in exchange for Hamas assurances to maintain quiet. Washington Post, "Israeli army: Hamas hackers tried to ‘seduce’ soldiers," 16 Feb. 2020 Hamas, which is largely held responsible by Gaza residents for the awful conditions there, has been seeking a long-term cease-fire with Israel to ease the Israeli-Egyptian blockade and rebuild Gaza’s economy. New York Times, "As Islamic Jihad and Israel Battled, Hamas, in a Twist, Sat on the Sidelines," 13 Nov. 2019

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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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1 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blockade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blockade. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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blockade

verb
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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
blockaded; blockading

Medical Definition of blockade (Entry 2 of 2)

: to subject to blockade

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