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blockade (n.)

"the shutting up of a place by hostile ships or troops," 1690s, from block (v.1) + -ade, false French ending (the French word is blocus, 18c. in this sense, which seems to be in part a back-formation from the verb bloquer and in part influenced by Middle Dutch blokhuus; see blockhouse). Blockade-runner is from 1863.

blockade (v.)

"prevent ingress and egress from by warlike means," 1670s, from blockade (n.). Related: Blockaded; blockading.

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Definitions of blockade from WordNet
1
blockade (v.)
hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of;
Synonyms: obstruct / block / hinder / stymie / stymy / embarrass
blockade (v.)
render unsuitable for passage;
Synonyms: barricade / block / stop / block off / block up / bar
blockade (v.)
obstruct access to;
Synonyms: block off
blockade (v.)
impose a blockade on;
Synonyms: seal off
2
blockade (n.)
a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy;
Synonyms: encirclement
blockade (n.)
prevents access or progress;
From wordnet.princeton.edu