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shut (sth) down

phrasal verb with shut
 
 
/ʃʌt/ verb [I, T] ( present participle shutting, past tense and past participle shut)
B2 If a business or a large piece of equipment shuts down or someone shuts it down, it stops operating: Many factories have been forced to shut down. We shut the whole computer system down for 24 hours.Causing something to endComing to an endNot functioning
Translations of “shut (sth) down”
in Chinese (Traditional) 關閉, (使)停止運作…
in Russian закрывать(ся), блокировать…
in Turkish kapatmak, kapanmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 关闭, (使)停止运转…
in Polish zamykać coś /się…
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