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[Spanish, from embargar to bar]
1 : an order of a government prohibiting the departure of commercial ships from its ports
2 : a legal prohibition on commerce [an on arms shipments]
3 : an order by a common carrier or public regulatory agency prohibiting or restricting freight transportation
: to place an embargo on
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.