[ ded-lok ]
See synonyms for: deadlockdeadlockeddeadlocking on

  1. a state in which progress is impossible, as in a dispute, produced by the counteraction of opposing forces; standstill; stalemate: The union and management reached a deadlock over fringe benefits.

  1. a maximum-security cell for the solitary confinement of a prisoner.

verb (used with or without object)
  1. to bring or come to a deadlock.

Origin of deadlock

First recorded in 1770–80; dead + lock1

Other words for deadlock

Other words from deadlock

  • un·dead·locked, adjective

Words Nearby deadlock Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use deadlock in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for deadlock


/ (ˈdɛdˌlɒk) /

  1. a state of affairs in which further action between two opposing forces is impossible; stalemate

  2. a tie between opposite sides in a contest

  1. a lock having a bolt that can be opened only with a key

  1. to bring or come to a deadlock

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