Meaning of “shut (sth) down” in the English Dictionary

"shut (sth) down" in British English

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shut (sth) down

phrasal verb with shut uk /ʃʌt/ us /ʃʌt/ verb [ I or T ] present participle shutting, past tense and past participle shut

B1 If a business or a large piece of equipment shuts down or someone shuts it down, it stops operating:

The company plans to shut down four factories and cut 10,000 jobs.
The crew shut down the right-hand engine of the aircraft.

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  • Both chemical factories were shut down for safety reasons.
  • Three thousand people will lose their jobs if the factory shuts down.
  • They've shut down the old biscuit factory.
  • All those sweet old-fashioned shops have shut down.
  • They had to shut down one of the engines.

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

"shut (sth) down" in Business English

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shut (sth) down

phrasal verb with shut uk /ʃʌt/ us 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.

(Definition of “shut (sth) down” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)