Meaning of “closure” in the English Dictionary

"closure" in British English

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closurenoun

uk /ˈkləʊ.ʒər/ us /ˈkloʊ.ʒɚ/

C2 [ C ] the fact of a business, organization, etc. stopping operating:

factory/branch closures
Many elderly people will be affected by the library closures.

[ U ] the feeling or act of bringing an unpleasant situation, time, or experience to an end, so that you are able to start new activities:

a sense of closure
to achieve/reach closure

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  • The city suffered another blow last month with the closure of the local car factory.
  • The newspaper article touched a raw nerve - people still resent the closure of the local school.
  • We, the undersigned, strongly object to the closure of St. Mary's Hospital: Jack James (Dr), Philippa Curry (Dr), Hugh Edwards.
  • The closure of the company's German subsidiary caused a sharp wobble in its profits.
  • The closure of the factory brought poverty to the town .

(Definition of “closure” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"closure" in American English

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closurenoun

us /ˈkloʊ·ʒər/

closure noun (STOP OPERATING)

[ C ] the act of stopping operations of a business, school, hospital, etc.:

A storm forced the closure of many schools and businesses.

closure noun (SATISFACTION)

[ U ] the feeling or act of bringing something bad to an end:

a sense of closure
Yesterday’s vote will bring closure to a painful chapter in history.

(Definition of “closure” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"closure" in Business English

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closurenoun

uk /ˈkləʊʒər/ us

[ C or U ] the act of permanently closing a business, factory, etc., or the condition of being closed permanently:

Unions fought hard against the closure of the mine.
be threatened with/face closure The shop is now facing closure after local councillors dismissed the licence application.
factory/branch/store closures
a proposed/planned/possible closure
The car maker was saved from closure in 2006.

[ S or U ] the act of ending something:

More companies could look to outsource work overseas after the closure of a tax loophole.

(Definition of “closure” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)