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embargo

  

      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, -going, -goed   tr  
4    to lay an embargo upon  
5    to seize for use by the state  
     (C16: from Spanish, from embargar, from Latin im- + barra bar1)  
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embargo

  
1   
      n   ban, bar, barrier, block, blockage, boycott, check, hindrance, impediment, interdict, interdiction, prohibition, proscription, restraint, restriction, stoppage  
2   
      vb   ban, bar, block, boycott, check, impede, interdict, prohibit, proscribe, restrict, stop  

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arms embargo n.
a ban or a partial prohibition on trade of weapons with a particular country, in order to isolate it

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