from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A government order prohibiting the movement of merchant ships into or out of its ports.
- n. A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation.
- n. A prohibition; a ban: an embargo on criticism.
- transitive v. To impose an embargo on.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An order by the government prohibiting ships from leaving port.
- n. A ban on trade with another country.
- n. A temporary ban on making certain information public.
- v. To impose an embargo on trading certain goods with another country.
- v. To impose an embargo on a document.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To lay an embargo on and thus detain; to prohibit from leaving port; -- said of ships, also of commerce and goods.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stoppage or seizure of ships or merchandise by sovereign authority; specifically, a restraint or prohibition imposed by the authorities of a country on merchant vessels, or other ships, to prevent their leaving its ports, and sometimes amounting to an interdiction of commercial intercourse either with a particular country or with all countries.
- n. Hence A restraint or hindrance imposed on anything: as, to lay an embargo on free speech.
- To lay an embargo upon; restrain the movement or voluntary use of, as ships or property, especially as an act of sovereignty or of public policy; make a seizure or arrestment of. See embargo, n.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. prevent commerce
- n. a government order imposing a trade barrier
- v. ban the publication of (documents), as for security or copyright reasons
Spanish, from embargar, to impede, from Vulgar Latin *imbarricāre, to barricade : Latin in-, in; see en-1 + Vulgar Latin *barricāre, to barricade (from *barrīca, barrel, barrier, from *barra, bar, barrier).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish embargar ("to arrest"). (Wiktionary)