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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.
Translations of “shut (sth) down”
in Chinese (Traditional) 關閉, (使)停止運作…
in Russian закрывать(ся), блокировать…
in Turkish kapatmak, kapanmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 关闭, (使)停止运转…
in Polish zamykać coś /się…
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