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EMB'ARGO, noun In commerce, a restraint on ships, or prohibition of sailing, either out of port, or into port, or both; which prohibition is by public authority, for a limited time. Most generally it is a prohibition of ships to leave a port.

EMB'ARGO, verb transitive To hinder or prevent ships from sailing out of port, or into port, or both, by some law or edict of sovereign authority, for a limited time. Our ships were for a time embargoed by a law of congress.

1. To stop to hinder from being prosecuted by the departure or entrance of ships. The commerce of the United States has been embargoed.