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shutverb [I or T]

uk   /ʃʌt/ us   /ʃʌt/ present participle shutting, past tense and past participle shut
A2 to (cause to) close something: Please shut the gate. I've got a surprise for you! Shut your eyes tightly and hold out your hand. Mary shut her book and put it down on the table. This window won't shut - it's jammed.

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shutadjective [after verb]

uk   /ʃʌt/ us   /ʃʌt/
B1 closed: I suspected something was wrong when I noticed her curtains were still shut at lunchtime.figurative The government ought to have opened the door to Japanese investment instead of slamming it shut.
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"shut" in American English

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shutverb [I/T]

us   /ʃʌt/ present participle shutting, past tense and past participle shut
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.

shutadjective [not gradable]

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

uk   /ʃʌt/ us   shutting, shut, shut
UK COMMERCE, WORKPLACE if a store, restaurant, or public place shuts or someone shuts it, it stops being open for business at the end of the day, week, etc.: The shops shut at 7 on Friday.
COMMERCE if a business shuts or is shut, it stops operating permanently: When tougher controls force these dumps to shut, their operators will vanish. The older plant will be shut down soon.
shut up shop UK informal
to stop operating a business either temporarily or permanently: Last weekend the greengrocer shut up shop and others are likely to follow. In contrast to other national institutions that are shutting up shop for Christmas, nobody knows when - if ever - it will re-open.

shutadjective [not before noun]

uk   /ʃʌt/ us   UK
not open for business: Tourists arrived to find the shops and restaurants shut.
(Definition of shut from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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