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Meaning of embargo

em•bar•go

Pronunciation: (em-bär'gō), [key]
— n., pl. v., -goes, -goed, -go•ing.
—n.
  1. an order of a government prohibiting the movement of merchant ships into or out of its ports.
  2. an injunction from a government commerce agency to refuse freight for shipment, as in case of congestion or insufficient facilities.
  3. any restriction imposed upon commerce by edict.
  4. a restraint or hindrance; prohibition.
—v.t.
  1. to impose an embargo on.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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