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Adjective: blockading  bló'key-ding
  1. Blocking entrance to and exit from seaports and harbours
    "the blockading ships prevented delivery of munitions"
Verb: blockade  bló'keyd
  1. Hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
    "His brother blockaded him at every turn";
    - obstruct, block, hinder, stymie, stymy [rare], embarrass
  2. Render unsuitable for passage
    "blockade the streets";
    - barricade, block, stop, block off, block up, bar
  3. Obstruct access to
    - block off
  4. Impose a blockade on
    - seal off

See also: preventative, preventive

Type of: beleaguer, besiege, block, circumvent, close up, forbid, foreclose, forestall, hem in, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude, preclude, prevent, siege, surround

Encyclopedia: Blockading