noun, plural em·bar·goes.
verb (used with object), em·bar·goed, em·bar·go·ing.
Origin of embargo
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.
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?|Ben Jacobs|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But, while the embargo pressed so heavily on us, it inflicted severe damage also on France and England, especially the latter.The Second War with England, Vol. 1 of 2|J. T. Headley.
An embargo, as preparatory to war, presupposes some new and hidden danger, not known to the mercantile community.
It had no effect; the price reached 49s., and on the 26th the council laid an embargo on exportation.The Political History of England - Vol. X.|William Hunt
Courts can not enforce laws upon which public opinion sets its embargo.The Code of the Mountains|Charles Neville Buck
Gentlemen assign as a reason why the embargo should be removed, its inefficacy—that it has not answered the contemplated purpose.
British Dictionary definitions for embargo
noun plural -goes
verb -goes, -going or -goed (tr)
Word Origin for embargo
Word Origin and History for embargo
1590s, from Spanish embargo "seizure, embargo," noun of action from embargar "restrain impede," from Vulgar Latin *imbarricare, from in- "into, upon" (see in- (2)) + *barra (see bar (n.1)). As a verb, from 1640s. Related: Embargoed.
Culture definitions 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.