Meaning of “blockade” in the English Dictionary

"blockade" in British English

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blockadenoun [ C ]

uk /blɒkˈeɪd/ us /blɑːˈkeɪd/
blockade
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.
blockade
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)