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English definition of “shut (sth) down”

shut (sth) down

phrasal verb with shut     /ʃʌt/ verb [I or T] (shutting, shut, shut)
[I or T] IT, PRODUCTION if a computer or other machine shuts down or someone shuts it down, it stops operating: The unit, which can process 70,000 barrels per day of crude oil, was shut down for 21 days. Later that day, the server shut down completely.
[T] PRODUCTION, COMMERCE if someone shuts a process down, they stop it: British authorities finally shut down production at the Liverpool plant of the vaccine maker. We have shut the ivory trade down altogether.
[I or T] PRODUCTION, COMMERCE if a business or organization shuts down or someone shuts it down, it stops operating either temporarily or permanently: But now, we must consolidate and shut down plants. The government shut down yesterday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
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