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shut (sth) off

phrasal verb with shut uk   us   /ʃʌt/ verb [I or T] (present participle shutting, past tense and past participle shut)
If a ​machine or ​systemshuts off, or if someone or something ​shuts it off, it ​stopsoperating: The ​engineshuts off ​automatically when the ​desiredspeed is ​reached.

shut sth off

phrasal verb with shut uk   us   /ʃʌt/ verb [I or T] (present participle shutting, past tense and past participle shut)
(Definition of shut (sth) off from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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shut (sth) off

phrasal verb with shut uk   us   /ʃʌt/ verb [I or T] (shutting, shut, shut)
[T] COMMERCE, PRODUCTION, GOVERNMENT if a ​supply or ​process is ​shut off or someone ​shuts it off, it ​stops: The ​committee has the ​power to ​shut off ​funds for the second ​phase of the prison ​construction. We certainly don't want to ​shut off new ​ideas.
[I or T] IT, PRODUCTION if a ​computer or other ​machine is ​shut off or someone ​shuts it off, it ​stopsworking: When you are waiting in ​line in your ​car, ​shut the ​engine off. It looked as if the ​computer had ​shut off in the middle of the ​calculation.
[I or T] PRODUCTION if electricity, ​gas, etc. ​shuts off, or someone ​shuts it off, it ​stops being ​supplied: The ​nationalpowercompanyshut off electricity in hopes of preventing ​fires. Power ​shut off in several ​neighborhoods last night after the storm.
(Definition of shut (sth) off from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “shut (sth) off”
in Chinese (Simplified) 关机, 关掉,关闭…
in Chinese (Traditional) 關機, 關掉,關閉…
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“shut (sth) off” in British English

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