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Meaning of EMBARGO

Pronunciation:  em'bârgow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a government order imposing a trade barrier
  2. [v]  prevent commerce; "The U.S. embargoes Lybia"

EMBARGO is a 7 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: trade embargo, trade stoppage
 See Also: block, halt, import barrier, kibosh, stop, trade barrier



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Em*bar"go\, n.; pl. {Embargoes}. [Sp., fr. embargar to
    arrest, restrain; pref. em- (L. in) + Sp. barra bar, akin to
    F. barre bar. See {Bar}.]
    An edict or order of the government prohibiting the departure
    of ships of commerce from some or all of the ports within its
    dominions; a prohibition to sail.
    Note: If the embargo is laid on an enemy's ships, it is
          called a hostile embargo; if on the ships belonging to
          citizens of the embargoing state, it is called a civil
  2. \Em*bar"go\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Embargoed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Embargoing}.]
    To lay an embargo on and thus detain; to prohibit from
    leaving port; -- said of ships, also of commerce and goods.
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