- 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 embargoed
The BBC embargoed previews of the Panorama documentary until transmission.Rupert Murdoch’s Battle With the BBC
March 26, 2012
Almost all the hundreds of hours of interviews I conducted were embargoed—that is, not for publication before the end of 2008.Why I Went Back to Iraq
Thomas E. Ricks
February 10, 2009
Napoleon decreed, and embargoed, and sequestered, with little effect upon national sentiment outside of New England.Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812
Alfred Thayer Mahan
There are even many kinds of industrial raw materials and products which have never been embargoed by the Western Governments.East-West Trade Trends
Harold E. Stassen
It is understood that both rubber and leather, together with wool, have been embargoed by most of the belligerent countries.Current History, A Monthly Magazine
New York Times
- 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 embargoed
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.