What does embargo mean?

Definitions for embargoɛmˈbɑr goʊ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word embargo.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. embargo, trade embargo, trade stoppage(verb)

    a government order imposing a trade barrier

  2. embargo(verb)

    ban the publication of (documents), as for security or copyright reasons

    "embargoed publications"

  3. embargo(verb)

    prevent commerce

    "The U.S. embargoes Libya"


  1. embargo(Noun)

    An order by the government prohibiting ships from leaving port.

  2. embargo(Noun)

    A ban on trade with another country.

  3. embargo(Noun)

    A temporary ban on making certain information public.

  4. embargo(Verb)

    To impose an embargo on trading certain goods with another country.

  5. embargo(Verb)

    To impose an embargo on a document.

  6. Origin: From embargar.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Embargo(noun)

    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

  2. Embargo(verb)

    to lay an embargo on and thus detain; to prohibit from leaving port; -- said of ships, also of commerce and goods

  3. Origin: [Sp., fr. embargar to arrest, restrain; pref. em- (L. in) + Sp. barra bar, akin to F. barre bar. See Bar.]


  1. Embargo

    An embargo is the partial or complete prohibition of commerce and trade with a particular country. Embargoes are considered strong diplomatic measures imposed in an effort, by the imposing country, to elicit a given national-interest result from the country on which it is imposed. Embargoes are similar to economic sanctions and are generally considered legal barriers to trade, not to be confused with blockades, which are often considered to be acts of war. Embargo may also refer to the practice of blocking fare classes at certain levels, and award availability on airlines. In response to embargoes, an independent economy or autarky often develops in an area subjected to heavy embargo. Effectiveness of embargoes is thus in proportion to the extent and degree of international participation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Embargo

    em-bär′gō, n. a temporary order from the Admiralty to prevent the arrival or departure of ships: a stoppage of trade for a short time by authority:—pl. Embar′goes.—v.t. to lay an embargo on: to seize.—pr.p. embar′gōing; pa.p. embar′gōed. [Sp.,—embargar, to impede, to restrain—Sp. em, in, barra, a bar. See Barricade and Embarrass.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of embargo in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of embargo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant:

    Certainly, we would support an arms embargo.

  2. Gobinda Bahadur Karki:

    It is a crisis at the moment. It is going to be a catastrophe if this embargo continues.

  3. Juan Carlos Hidalgo:

    Lifting the outstanding elements of the embargo and travel ban is a prerogative of Congress.

  4. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov:

    There is only one big problem in terms of sanctions - it is the problem of a weapons embargo.

  5. Winnie Byanyima:

    We are going to be calling for a lifting of that embargo and normalizing relations sooner rather than later.

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