Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “cordon sth off”

See all translations

cordon sth off

verb uk phrasal verb with cordon   /ˈkɔː.dən/ us    /ˈkɔːr-/
If people in authority, such as the police, cordon off a building or area, they put something around it in order to stop people from entering it: They've cordoned off the whole area because of a suspected bomb.
(Definition of cordon sth off from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of cordon sth off?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “cordon sth off” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

sail

When a boat or a ship sails, it travels on the water.

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

dumbwalking noun

April 20, 2015
walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

Read More