Meaning of “blockade” in the English Dictionary

"blockade" in British English

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blockadenoun [ C ]

uk /blɒkˈeɪd/ us /blɑːˈkeɪd/

the situation in which a country or place is surrounded by soldiers or ships to stop people or goods from going in or out:

an air and sea blockade
The Soviet blockade of Berlin was lifted in May 1949.
There is still some hope that the economic blockade will work and make military intervention unnecessary.
verb [ T ] uk us

The Estonian port of Tallinn was blockaded for a time by Soviet warships.

(Definition of “blockade” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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blockadenoun [ C ]

us /blɑˈkeɪd/

the act of using force or the threat of force to stop the movement of people or goods into or out of a country or area, or the people or objects used to prevent such movement:

The blockade consisted of a dozen ships surrounding the port.
verb [ T ] us /blɑˈkeɪd/

The army blockaded roads leading into the city.

(Definition of “blockade” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"blockade" in Business English

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blockadenoun [ C ]

uk /blɒkˈeɪd/ us POLITICS

a situation in which a group of people prevent goods or people entering or leaving a place as a way of showing a government or large organization that they do not agree with its decisions:

The blockade of oil refineries caused fuel prices to double.
impose/lift a blockade French farmers lifted their blockade of the Channel Tunnel yesterday.

a situation in which one country refuses to trade with another country:

It has defended the economic blockade despite mounting international criticism.

blockadeverb [ T ]

uk /blɒkˈeɪd/ us POLITICS

to prevent goods or people entering or leaving a place, especially as a way of showing disagreement with a government or large organization:

Protesters are threatening to blockade refineries if the Government does not lower the tax on fuel.

(Definition of “blockade” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)