One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a naval blockade of the island’
siege, beleaguerment, encirclement
rare investment, besiegement
2‘demonstrators erected blockades in the streets’
barricade, barrier, roadblock
obstacle, obstruction, impediment, bulwark, block, hindrance, check, deterrent, hurdle
1‘rebels blockaded the capital’
barricade, close up, block off, shut off, seal, bar
besiege, lay siege to, beleaguer, beset, surround
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