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embargo

[ em-bahr-goh ]
/ 蓻m藞b蓱r go蕣 /
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noun, plural em路bar路goes.
any restriction imposed upon commerce by edict, especially against a certain country as a penalty or to induce compliance with demands or legal obligations: The United Nations fact-finding mission recommended the imposition of an arms embargo and other targeted economic sanctions on the rogue state.The software may not be exported into any country with which the United States maintains a trade embargo prohibiting the shipment of goods.
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.
a restraint or hindrance; prohibition: A one-year embargo on her published dissertation allowed only the title, abstract, and citation information to be released to the public.
verb (used with object), em路bar路goed, em路bar路go路ing.
to impose an embargo on.
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Origin of embargo

First recorded in 1595鈥1605; from Spanish, derivative of embargar 鈥渢o hinder, embarrass,鈥 from unattested Vulgar Latin imbarric膩re, equivalent to im- im-1 + unattested -barric膩re (barr(a) bar1 + -ic膩re causative suffix)

OTHER WORDS FROM embargo

pre路em路bar路go, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH embargo

boycott, embargo
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British Dictionary definitions for embargo

embargo
/ (蓻m藞b蓱藧伞蓹蕣) /

noun plural -goes
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
verb -goes, -going or -goed (tr)
to lay an embargo upon
to seize for use by the state

Word Origin for embargo

C16: from Spanish, from embargar, from Latin im- + barra bar 1
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Cultural definitions for embargo

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.

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