The definition of an embargo is a government ban on moving commercial ships in and out of certain ports, or a restriction of trade for a specific product or with a specific country.(noun)
An example of an embargo is the trade ban in place that prevents the US from trading with Cuba.
See embargo in Webster's New World College Dictionary
noun pl. embargoes
Origin: Sp < embargar < VL *imbarricare < L in-, in, on + ML barra, bar
See embargo in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. em·bar·goes
Origin: , from embargar, to impede
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *imbarricāre, to barricade
Origin: : Latin in-, in; see en-1
Origin: + Vulgar Latin *barricāre, to barricade (from *barrīca, barrel, barrier, from *barra, bar, barrier).
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