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Meaning of “shut” in the English Dictionary

"shut" in British English

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shutverb [I or T]

uk   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 ​youreyes tightly and ​hold out ​yourhand. Mary shut her ​book and put it down on the ​table. This ​window won't shut - it's ​jammed.

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A2 to (​cause to) ​stopoperating or being in ​service, either ​temporarily or ​permanently: The ​shops shut at eight o'clock on ​Wednesdayevenings. It's such a ​shame they shut that ​factory (down).

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shutadjective [after verb]

uk   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 ​Japaneseinvestmentinstead of slamming it shut.
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(Definition of shut from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"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 ​officedoor was shut all ​day. Her ​eyes were shut, but she was still ​awake.
(Definition of shut from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"shut" in Business English

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shutverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ʃʌt/ (shutting, shut, shut)
UK COMMERCE, WORKPLACE if a ​store, ​restaurant, or ​publicplace 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 ​stopsoperating permanently: When tougher ​controlsforce these ​dumps to shut, their ​operators will vanish. The older ​plant will be shut down soon.
shut up shop UK informal to ​stopoperating a ​business either temporarily or permanently: Last ​weekend the greengrocer shut up ​shop and others are likely to ​follow. In contrast to other ​nationalinstitutions that are shutting up ​shop for Christmas, nobody knows when - if ever - it will re-open.

shutadjective [not before noun]

uk   us   /ʃʌt/ 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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