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Pronunciation: /ɪmˈbɑːrgəʊ; ɪmˈbɑːgəʊ/

Translation of embargo in Spanish:

noun/nombre (plural -goes)

  • 1.1 (trade sanctions) embargo (masculine), prohibición (feminine) how effective was the embargo against these products? ¿cuán efectiva fue la prohibición de importar estos productos? embargo on sth embargo or prohibición de algo the arms embargo, the embargo on the sale of arms el embargo de armas, la prohibición de venta de armas a trade embargo un embargo comercial to lay o place sth under an embargo, to lay o place o put an embargo on sth imponer* un embargo sobre algo to lift o raise o remove an embargo levantar un embargo 1.2 (prohibition) embargo on sth prohibición (feminine)de algo to put an embargo on sth prohibir* algo 1.3 [Journalism/Periodismo] it carries an embargo until Monday no puede divulgarse hasta el lunes
    Example sentences
    • The Arab states, which in 1973 imposed an embargo on oil shipments to the US, have not indicated any intention of repeating that action so far.
    • The EU, under intense pressure from the US to maintain its arms trade embargo on China, told Beijing on Sunday not to expect an end to the ban before the middle of this year.
    • By the time the US trade embargo on Vietnam was lifted in 1994, Coke already had a head start in developing the Vietnamese market.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-goes, -going, -goed)

  • 1.1 [weapons/oil] imponer* un embargo sobre 1.2 [news/story] retener*, prohibir* la divulgación de

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