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embargo

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noun em·bar·go \im-ˈbär-(ˌ)gō\

Definition of embargo

plural

embargoes

  1. 1 :  an order of a government prohibiting the departure of commercial ships from its ports

  2. 2 :  a legal prohibition on commerce a trade embargo

  3. 3 :  stoppage, impediment; especially :  prohibition I lay no embargo on anybody's words — Jane Austen

  4. 4 :  an order by a common carrier or public regulatory agency prohibiting or restricting freight transportation

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Examples of embargo in a Sentence

  1. there's a standing embargo against the use of foul language in this house

Recent Examples of embargo from the Web

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When Should You Use embargo?

Embargoes may be put in place for any number of reasons. For instance, a government may place a trade embargo against another country to express its disapproval with that country’s policies. But governments are not the only bodies that can place embargoes. A publisher, for example, could place an embargo on a highly anticipated book to prevent stores from selling it before its official release date. The word embargo, dating from the late 16th century, derives via Spanish embargar from Vulgar Latin imbarricare, formed from the prefix in- and the noun "barra" ("bar").

Origin and Etymology of embargo

Spanish, from embargar to bar, from Vulgar Latin *imbarricare, from Latin in- + Vulgar Latin *barra bar


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embargo

verb em·bar·go

Definition of embargo

embargoed

;

embargoing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to place an embargo on

First Known Use of embargo

1755


EMBARGO Defined for English Language Learners

embargo

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noun

Definition of embargo for English Language Learners

  • : a government order that limits trade in some way


EMBARGO Defined for Kids

embargo

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noun em·bar·go \im-ˈbär-gō\

Definition of embargo for Students

plural

embargoes

  1. :  an order of a government forbidding ships engaged in trade from leaving its ports an oil embargo


Law Dictionary

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embargo

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noun em·bar·go \im-ˈbär-gō, em-\

Legal Definition of embargo

plural

embargoes

  1. 1 :  an order of a government prohibiting the departure of commercial ships from its ports

  2. 2 :  a legal prohibition on commerce an embargo on arms shipments

  3. 3 :  an order by a common carrier or public regulatory agency prohibiting or restricting freight transportation

Origin and Etymology of embargo

Spanish, from embargar to bar


2

embargo

transitive verb em·bar·go

Legal Definition of embargo

embargoed

embargoing

  1. :  to place an embargo on



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