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Topic: MILITARY

Date: 1600-1700
Origin: BLOCK1 + French -ade 'action of'

blockade

1 noun
     
blockā€§ade1 [countable]
1PM [usually singular] the surrounding of an area by soldiers or ships to stop people or supplies leaving or entering:
a naval blockade
They've imposed an economic blockade on the country.
an agreement to lift the blockade (=end it)
2 something that is used to stop vehicles or people entering or leaving a place:
Angry farmers used tractors as blockades on the streets.
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