gridlock

noun grid·lock \ ˈgrid-ˌläk \
|Updated on: 22 Jun 2018

Definition of gridlock

1 : a traffic jam in which a grid of intersecting streets is so completely congested that no vehicular movement is possible
2 : a situation resembling gridlock (as in congestion or lack of movement)
  • political gridlock

gridlock

transitive verb

Examples of gridlock in a Sentence

  1. An accident caused gridlock at rush hour yesterday.

  2. We were caught in a gridlock.

  3. Disagreements about funding have caused legislative gridlock in Congress.

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First Known Use of gridlock

1980

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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GRIDLOCK Defined for English Language Learners

gridlock

Definition of gridlock for English Language Learners

  • : a situation in which streets are so full that vehicles cannot move

  • : a situation in which no progress can be made



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