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shut (sth) down

verb [I or T] uk phrasal verb with shut   /ʃʌt/ (present participle shutting, past tense and past participle shut) us  
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.Not functioningStarting, succeeding and failing in business
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