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Syllabification: block·ade
Pronunciation: /bläˈkād

Definition of blockade in English:


1An act or means of sealing off a place to prevent goods or people from entering or leaving: there was a blockade of humanitarian aid the police pulled down blockades on the highway
More example sentences
  • The British then imposed a blockade which restricted trade with France and the USA and prevented the movement of French warships at Martinique, and of French gold shipped there.
  • Throughout 1940 and 1941 the USA tightened an economic blockade of Japan which threatened to cut off most Japanese oil supplies.
  • In response, the Soviet Union imposed an economic blockade.
1.1An obstruction of a physiological or mental function, especially of a biochemical receptor.
Example sentences
  • The blockade of these receptors can therefore facilitate dopaminergic transmission by stimulating dopamine release and by potentiating the effects of dopamine receptor stimulation.
  • The mechanism for this benefit is most likely a blockade of aldosterone receptors.
  • One would expect the effect of blockade on airways function to be rapid and indeed the risk ceases to be significant after the first year of exposure.


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Seal off (a place) to prevent goods or people from entering or leaving.
Example sentences
  • Over the weekend peace activists blockaded the road and entered the plant, which is near Reading.
  • Ricardo himself fled before the place was completely blockaded.
  • The Federal ships blockading the port closed as near as they dared and managed to shoot a cannon ball through the Denbigh's wheelhouse.
barricade, block off, shut off, seal;
besiege, surround


late 17th century: from block + -ade1, probably influenced by ambuscade.


run a blockade

(Of a ship) manage to enter or leave a blockaded port.
Example sentences
  • Fourthly, more and more foreigners used Beijing as their springboard to run a blockade to the third country.
  • At first, Russia wanted the entire city - they even ran a blockade to claim it, but the division was finally allowed.
  • Since his health had not completely returned and his education had not been completed he ran a blockade and went to Europe.



Example sentences
  • ‘We can forcibly remove the blockades if we are sure that there is enough evidence that the blockaders are illegal,’ he told the Post.
  • Road blockades, and the use of police and military force against the blockaders, could resume if a permanent agreement is not reached.
  • As you can hear from this home video, the police arrived and tried to reason with the blockaders.

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