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shut

verb [I/T]  /ʃʌt/ ( present participle shutting, past tense and past participle shut) us  
to close something: [T] Would you shut the door, please? [I] I can’t get this window shut. [T] I shut the book (= closed it) and put it back on the shelf.

shut

adjective [not gradable]  /ʃʌt/ us  
not open; closed: Her office door was shut all day. Her eyes were shut, but she was still awake.
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