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Definition of embargo:

  1. An edict or order of the government prohibiting the departure of ships of commerce from some or all of the ports within its dominions; a prohibition to sail.
  2. To lay an embargo on and thus detain; to prohibit from leaving port; - said of ships, also of commerce and goods.

Synonyms:

ban, impediment, trade stoppage, trade embargo, prohibition, restraint, refusal.

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