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transitive verbtransitive verb shuts, transitive verb shutting, past participle verb shut

[with object]
  • 1Move (something) into position so as to block an opening; close.

    ‘shut the window, please’
    • ‘she shut her lips tight’
    • ‘she slammed the door shut’
    close, draw to, pull to, push to, slam, fasten
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    1. 1.1no object Move or be able to be moved so as to block an opening.
      • ‘the door shut behind him’
    2. 1.2Block an opening into (something) by moving something into position.
      ‘he shut the box and locked it’
      • ‘he was opening and shutting his mouth’
      fasten, secure, shut, close up, lock, bolt, board up
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    3. 1.3Prevent access to or along.
      • ‘they ought to shut the path up to that terrible cliff’
    4. 1.4Fold or bring together the sides of (something) so as to close it.
      • ‘he shut his book’
    5. 1.5with object and adverbial Keep in a place by closing something such as a door.
      • ‘it was his own dog which he had accidentally shut outside’
  • 2Make (something) unavailable for business or service, either permanently or until due to be open again.

    • ‘we shut the shop for lunch’
    1. 2.1no object Become unavailable for business or service, either permanently or until due to be open again.
      • ‘the accident and emergency departments will shut’



/SHət/ /ʃət/


    be shut of
    • Be rid of.

      • ‘I'd be glad to be shut of him’
      • ‘If it was losing money, then I say get shut of it and spend the money on something more important, like players.’
      • ‘But he finally got shut of the shop, enabling him to move out of the area, when the Mini-Mart and three-bedroom maisonette was sold.’
      • ‘Now, to get this groomed effect must take quite some effort, and a lot more time than just getting shut of it all.’
      • ‘We used to wash the eggs and he'd get shut of them.’
      • ‘Those poor lads must be relieved to be shut of me and my nagging.’
      • ‘He wasn't alone or unique in his view that to be rid of milk would be to be shut of a whole lot of trouble for it was a product that in fact was eating up senior executive time and profits.’
      • ‘Surely the administration's desire to be shut of that country, at least in appearances before the November elections must play a part in these hopes.’
      • ‘On the other hand, the President himself may wish he could be shut of it as an issue by summer, so that it doesn't become a burden to his re-election chances.’
      • ‘The room, darkened both by the sun's setting and the closed blinds, was shut of all noise and interference, save for the monitoring devices secured around the bed.’
      • ‘That means every rag and tag merchant who can't afford enough guards of his own wants to attach himself to Kilthan's coattails, and, since the roads are open to all, we can't be shut of them.’
    get shut of
    • Get rid of.

      • ‘the sooner we get shut of this government the better’
    shut it
    • in imperative Used as a rude or angry way of telling someone to be quiet.

      • ‘‘Sit down and shut it’, he growled’
    shut your mouth
    • in imperative Used as a rude or angry way of telling someone to be quiet.

      • ‘This advice only confuses me - should I tell the plant or Paul to ‘shut your trap!’’
      • ‘On that note, this letter shows that when such opinions are published, we, the readers, will respond with a united ‘shut your mouth!’’
      • ‘John, for once in your life, shut your mouth!’
      • ‘You don't know anything about him, so shut your mouth!’
      • ‘I'm about to push you into the pool if you don't shut your mouth!’
      • ‘Just keep your eyes on the road and shut your mouth!’
      • ‘Oh and one more thing, if anyone's the spoiled brat here it's you so shut your mouth!’
      • ‘Chris, I'll be gone in an hour and you and your friends can yell as much as you want, now shut your mouth!’
      • ‘We're not getting the stuff all right, so just put on your seatbelt and shut your mouth!’
      • ‘The operative is named Sam Fisher, and he is one bad mother (shut your mouth!).’

Phrasal Verbs

    shut away
    • shut someone or something away, shut away someone or somethingKeep someone or something inside a place so as not to be seen or contacted by other people.

      • ‘Annabelle was shut away in the library for most of the day with a pile of books’
    shut down
    • 1Cease business or operation.

      ‘the company has shut down after more than four decades in business’
      • ‘The 50-year-old solicitor's career has been in tatters since he lost an appeal against conviction for being drunk and disorderly and his business was shut down.’
      • ‘Stranded passengers seen outside Piarco International Airport, yesterday, after operations were shut down because of a bomb threat.’
      • ‘Coke's operations were shut down in the early 90's during Somalia's civil war.’
      • ‘Three sawmills were shut down during the operation and 33 people arrested, said Riau Police chief Brig.’
      • ‘Speaking to reporters, Endriartono said that loss-making businesses would be shut down, while profitable ones would be either acquired by the government or sold to the private sector.’
      • ‘The bank's prominent embassy and international operations will be shut down in an attempt to bury a scandal that has the potential of becoming much larger.’
      • ‘This follows last year's staff reduction of 25 per cent when overseas operations were shut down.’
      • ‘If a buyer isn't found, the businesses will be shut down.’
      • ‘Mining continued until the ore reserves were exhausted, and the operation was shut down 1 April 1925.’
      • ‘In 1957 the operation was shut down after producing 43,061,767 pounds of copper.’
      1. 1.1shut something down, shut down somethingCause something to cease business or operation.
        • ‘the plant's operators decided to shut down the reactor’
    shut in
    • 1shut someone or something in, shut in someone or somethingKeep someone or something inside a place by closing something such as a door.

      ‘her parents shut her in an upstairs room’
      • ‘But, as usual I ruin the possible best moment of my life by running inside and shutting the door in his face.’
      • ‘She quickly took her inside then shut the door in my face.’
      • ‘The packing site in Claremorris will be the third facility to close, with plants in Foxfield and Carbury shutting their doors in recent months.’
      • ‘Opening and shutting the car door in one shift motion, Mitch dove inside the car as he heard yells in the background.’
      • ‘The doors closed, then, shutting me in a room with over a dozen Rris.’
      • ‘With that, April roughly shut the door in their faces and marched directly to her parent's bedroom.’
      • ‘I shut the horse in the stable and I closed my jacket over my bloody shirt.’
      • ‘He grabbed the ramp and pulled it up, closing it behind him until it shut him in and the only sound he could hear was that of his own ragged breath.’
      • ‘Also in England, the £3.6m Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in London's Hyde Park was shut in July after three people slipped and injured themselves inside the stone ring.’
      • ‘All the parents living in the neighborhood got together and resolved to shut her in her house.’
      1. 1.1shut something in, shut in somethingEnclose or surround a place.
        • ‘the village is shut in by the mountains on either side’
      2. 1.2shut something in somethingTrap something by shutting a door or drawer on it.
        ‘I shut my finger in the door’
        • ‘And on a completely different subject (that of pain) I just shut my finger in a drawer while taking a pen out of it.’
        • ‘She paused for a moment as though opening and shutting drawers in her head.’
        • ‘‘We can fold the buggy up if you like,’ Mr Upstairs said in a tone of voice which really meant, ‘I'd rather shut my fingers in the door than create any room for you.’’
        • ‘One ambulance crew member, who also asked not to be identified, said: ‘A three-year-old boy ripped his finger off by shutting it in the car door and it was put through as a non-priority.’’
        • ‘Glorg had tried to shut the lid of the cigar box on Duke's fingers.’
    shut off
    • 1Stop flowing or operating.

      ‘when the flame goes out, the gas shuts off automatically’
      • ‘the engine shuts off when the vehicle is stopped’
      • ‘When he was 30 metres away from the scene, the hydrant burst and he rushed to find a stop valve to shut the water off, which he managed to do after about ten minutes.’
      • ‘Well, the good news is, for me, my hot water has not been shut off, I still have my parking privileges so I'm grateful.’
      • ‘Monday I came home to a letter in my mailbox, advising all residents of my building that unless the water bill is paid in person by November 20th, the water will be shut off.’
      • ‘That's when it was determined - or somehow the electricity was shut off to the concert stage, and police officials announced that the crowd was immediately ordered to disperse.’
      • ‘I heard they bombed the power plant to black out the city, and that the water was shut off.’
      • ‘A fire in a sprinkler-equipped house is less likely to spread and cause the house to be an entire loss, but keep in mind that once a sprinkler starts spraying, it keeps spraying until the water is shut off.’
      • ‘If a bathtub or shower is leaking, it is necessary to shut the water off at the main water shut-off and call your professional plumber.’
      • ‘About half an hour after the original blast, the power had been shut off, knocking out the supply to about 60 town centre premises, including banks and shops.’
      • ‘The first was that there was a fire on a train at Romford and the power had been shut off.’
      • ‘The room lights have been shut off so that the room is relatively dimly lit.’
      1. 1.1shut something off, shut off somethingCause something to stop flowing or operating.
        ‘he was about to shut off the power’
        • ‘he shut off the engine’
    • 2shut someone or something off, shut off someone or somethingSeparate someone or something from something else.

      ‘the family was shut off from the outside world’
      • ‘the mountains shut off the region from the rest of the country’
      1. 2.1shut something off, shut off somethingBlock the entrances and exits of something.
        ‘the six compartments were being shut off from each other’
        • ‘Both the rear door and two side entrances were shut off from the outside world by neck-high wooden swing-doors.’
        • ‘The exit and most of the room was shut off by a massive pile of metal and concrete.’
        • ‘Visitors have noted, with exasperation and frustration, that their gateways can be shut off by illegal street parking.’
        • ‘Firefighters had problems getting to the basement because of the way it had been shut off from the rest of the house.’
        • ‘The girl reaches up above her head, pulls down the metal blind that shuts the bar off from the rest of the room and locks it in place with the padlock.’
        • ‘The justly celebrated Rijksmuseum is still undergoing renovations, so most of it is shut off, with just a small collection of Dutch Old Masters available for viewing.’
        • ‘The new three-storey building is specially designed so parts of it can be shut off for community use in the evenings and weekends.’
    • 3shut oneself offIsolate oneself from other people.

      ‘I couldn't shut myself off forever’
      • ‘Imagine the feelings that course through you as you brew your tea and anticipate the pleasure of shutting yourself off from the world for an afternoon.’
      • ‘The director of the York branch of the Samaritans, said that farmers were suffering high stress levels because they were shutting themselves off from the world in a bid to stop the disease spreading.’
      • ‘Hibernation is nature's way of shutting ourselves off as does growth a time to rest and recharge our energy.’
      • ‘He literally just sat here rocking, shutting himself off from the world really.’
      • ‘I don't like it when people shut themselves off and keep others at arm's length.’
      • ‘In an age where it is too easy to shut ourselves off to the world, it is refreshing to see that the public won't allow the pre-emptive agenda of politicians get in the way of its priorities.’
      • ‘Australia's health minister said that the country of 20 million people would shut itself off from the rest of the world if a human flu pandemic breaks out.’
      • ‘He struggled with alcohol and shut himself off to people.’
      • ‘She will shut herself off from the world around her, and stand for long periods flapping her hands.’
      • ‘I'm not shutting myself off, I'm just taking a little time for myself.’
    shut out
    • 1shut someone or something out, shut out someone or somethingKeep someone or something out of a place or situation.

      ‘the door swung closed behind them, shutting out some of the noise’
      • ‘She entered the room and closed the door behind her, shutting Ryo out.’
      • ‘It's like you shut them out every time you sit down behind your laptop.’
      1. 1.1shut something out, shut out somethingBlock something from the mind.
        • ‘anything he didn't like he shut out’
    shut up
    • 1shut something up, shut up somethingClose all doors and windows of a building or room, typically because it will be unoccupied for some time.

      • ‘most of its stately rooms were shut up’
    • 2often in imperative Stop talking.

      ‘just shut up and listen’
      • ‘His only initial reason for doing it was to shut her up, to stop her from requesting impossible things from him.’
      • ‘Harrison talks too much, and I can't wait to get in that ring and shut him up.’
      • ‘She has the intestinal fortitude to get up and have a go after every effort has been made to shut her up and close her down.’
      • ‘Catherine just rolled her eyes and put on her favorite video to shut her up.’
      • ‘If she nags, moans and whinges for Britain, a wedding ring might shut her up for five minutes, but it won't last.’
      • ‘So I stuffed one of them in his mouth in the hopes of shutting him up.’
      • ‘You love to talk, it's hard to shut you up, and you'll get in anybody's face who will hear you.’
      • ‘I was kind enough to accept your apology, thinking it would shut you up and you would move on to bother someone else.’
      • ‘Please be forewarned that next time you sit behind us and ruin our movie experience, we will take loud and immediate action to shut you up and/or make you sit still.’
      • ‘If you give to the government the power to shut up those you oppose, you're also giving them the power to shut you up too.’
      1. 2.1shut someone up, shut up someoneMake someone stop talking.
        • ‘I lifted a finger slightly to shut him up’


Old English scyttan ‘put (a bolt) in position to hold fast’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch schutten ‘shut up, obstruct’, also to shoot.