blockadeblock‧ade1 /blɒˈkeɪd $ blɑː-/ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1PM[usually singular] the surrounding of an area by soldiers or ships to stop people or suppliesentering or leaving 🔊 a naval blockade 🔊 They’ve imposed an economic blockade on the country. 🔊 an agreement to lift the blockade (=end it)2something that is used to stop vehicles or people entering or leaving a place 🔊 Angry farmers used tractors as blockades on the streets.
blockadeblockade2 verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 PMto put a place under a blockade 🔊 The ships blockaded the port.→ See Verb table
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blockade• In the southern state of Tabasco, farmersblockaded 60 oil wells in February to demandcompensation from Pemex.• Shipping lines have been avoiding the southern ports in fear of having their vesselsblockaded.• By this time the Soviets had forced a crisis by blockading Berlin, and fears of warmounted.• Then, ports and Belfast International Airport were blockaded for days.• They came up with a plot to blockadefuel supplies at depots starting at the weekend.• They might also attempt to blockaderoads to Dalmatiancoastresorts.• A US fleetblockaded the port of Veracruz.• Ships blockaded the port.• In June 1948 the Russians blockaded the westernsectors of Berlin.From Longman Business Dictionaryblockadeblock‧ade1 /blɒˈkeɪdblɑː-/ noun [countable]1the surrounding of a country or an area during a war in order to stop goods from entering or leavingOn Oct. 3rd the Yugoslav navy began a blockade of seven Croatian ports.2COMMERCE a refusal to trade with a country or statean economic blockade of Cuba by the USA3the blocking of a place such as a port to stop people or goods from entering or leaving, done as a protest against somethingDrivers of Italian heavy goods vehicles began a blockade of customs posts at the border with Austria, causing traffic chaos.blockadeblockade2 verb [transitive]to surround a place and prevent goods from entering or leaving, either during a war or as a protestthe use of warships to blockade Iraq and enforce UN Security Council sanctions→ See Verb table