- an order of a government prohibiting the movement of merchant ships into or out of its ports.
- an injunction from a government commerce agency to refuse freight for shipment, as in case of congestion or insufficient facilities.
- any restriction imposed upon commerce by edict.
- a restraint or hindrance; prohibition.
- to impose an embargo on.
Origin of embargo
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Examples from the Web for embargo
There was really only one good reason to maintain the embargo: Trade with Cuba strengthens the Castros.
If the embargo were effective, the Castro brothers would have been doing Love Letters with the Duvaliers years ago.
Obama has latched on to the failure of the embargo to topple the Castros as justification to shuffle the deck.
Most age cohorts still supported it, but those who left Cuba after 1995 were against the embargo by 58-42 percent.Rubio’s Embargo Anger Plays to the Past
December 19, 2014
Cuban athletes have been highly prized in the U.S. despite the embargo—and even because of it.Is Major League Baseball Ready For Cuba’s Players?
December 19, 2014
But at a sign from me he took off the embargo with alacrity.The Shadow-Line
Boston with its environs and the interior counties were opposed to the embargo.Union and Democracy
Then there had been the embargo, which for a while closed the ports.A Little Girl in Old Salem
Amanda Minnie Douglas
The question was now between the enforcement of the Embargo Act and war.Albert Gallatin
John Austin Stevens
England immediately laid an embargo on the vessels of the powers signing it.Up The Baltic
- a government order prohibiting the departure or arrival of merchant ships in its ports
- any legal stoppage of commercean embargo on arms shipments
- a restraint, hindrance, or prohibition
- to lay an embargo upon
- to seize for use by the state
Word Origin and History for embargo
A governmental restriction on trade for political purposes. The objective is to put pressure on other governments by prohibiting exports to or imports from those countries.