Definition Of embargo


an official ban on trade or other commercial activity with a particular country.

an embargo on grain sales

impose an official ban on (trade or a country or commodity).

the country has been virtually embargoed by most of the noncommunist world

seize (a ship or goods) for state service.

The French coast was now blockaded, and to compound the chaos, in August the Convention banned the export of all goods of first necessity and embargoed all neutral ships.

Example Of embargo

  • Among the possible options would be an embargo on the sale or trade of weapons to Sudan, or an embargo on oil transactions with the government.

  • an embargo laid by our Emperor upon all vessels whatsoever

  • an embargo on grain sales

  • an arms embargo

  • And according to British officials, a UN embargo on oil exports is unlikely to be called for by the UN Security Council.

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