Meaning of “embargo” in the English Dictionary

"embargo" in British English

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embargonoun [ C ]

uk /ɪmˈbɑː.ɡəʊ/ us /ɪmˈbɑː.ɡoʊ/ plural embargoes

an order to temporarily stop something, especially trading or giving information:

They have put an embargo on imports of clothing.
The police asked for a news embargo while they tried to find the kidnapper.

embargoverb [ T ]

uk /ɪmˈbɑː.ɡəʊ/ us /ɪmˈbɑː.ɡoʊ/

to officially stop trading with another country:

They are planning to embargo oil imports.

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

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embargonoun [ C ]

us /ɪmˈbɑr·ɡoʊ/ plural embargoes

politics & government a government order to temporarily stop trading certain goods or with certain countries:

They put an embargo on imports of steel.

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

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embargonoun [ C ]

uk /ɪmˈbɑːɡəʊ/ us plural embargoes COMMERCE, POLITICS

an official order to stop trading with a particular country or in particular goods:

put/place an embargo on sth We should place an embargo on the purchase of any diamonds originating from the region until a review can be carried out.
an embargo against sb/sth He has asked for an end to the arms embargo against his government.
an arms/oil/trade embargo
impose/enforce/tighten an embargo The U.N. Security Council imposed an embargo after the invasion.
lift/end/ease an embargo We should lift the embargo and open up trade opportunities that relate to food and medicines.
break/violate/defy an embargo Ships found to be breaking the embargo are sent to a holding area.

embargoverb [ T ]

uk /ɪmˈbɑːɡəʊ/ us

COMMERCE, POLITICS to officially stop trade in a particular product or to a particular country:

The US has not embargoed grain exports since 1980, but dwindling supplies and soaring prices are feeding fears it could happen again.

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