Pronunciation: (em-bär'gō), [key]
—n., pl. -goes,
—v., -goed, -go•ing.
1. an order of a government prohibiting the movement of merchant ships into or out of its ports.
2. an injunction from a government commerce agency to refuse freight for shipment, as in case of congestion or insufficient facilities.
3. any restriction imposed upon commerce by edict.
4. a restraint or hindrance; prohibition.
to impose an embargo on.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.