noun, plural embargoes.
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.
verb (used with object), embargoed, embargoing.
to impose an embargo on.

1595–1605; < Spanish, derivative of embargar to hinder, embarrass < Vulgar Latin *imbarricāre, equivalent to im- im-1 + -barricāre (*barr(a) bar1 + -icāre causative suffix)

preembargo, adjective

boycott, embargo.

4. ban, restriction, interdiction, postscription. Unabridged
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embargo (ɛmˈbɑːɡəʊ)
n , pl -goes
1.  a government order prohibiting the departure or arrival of merchant ships in its ports
2.  any legal stoppage of commerce: an embargo on arms shipments
3.  a restraint, hindrance, or prohibition
vb , -goes, -goes, -going, -goed
4.  to lay an embargo upon
5.  to seize for use by the state
[C16: from Spanish, from embargar, from Latin im- + barrabar1]

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Word Origin & History

c.1593, from Sp. embargo "seizure, embargo," noun of action from embargar "restrain impede," from V.L. *imbarricare, from in- "into, upon" + *barra (see bar).
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embargo definition

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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