Shut definition

shŭt
To block entrance to or exit from; close.

Shut a corridor.

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To confine in a closed space.

Shut them in a cage.

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To exclude from a closed space.

Shut the cats out of the house.

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To move (a door or lid, for example) so as to block passage through an opening.
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To close (an opening, passage, container, etc.)
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To move to a closed position; be or become shut.
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Closed, fastened, or secured.
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The act or time of shutting or closing; close.
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The connecting line between two pieces of welded metal.
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To preclude; to exclude; to bar out.
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To fold up or bring together the parts of.

Shut the book.

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To cause to stop operating.

Shut down a restaurant; a school that was shut for the vacation.

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The act or time of shutting.
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Shut is defined as to close or fasten.

An example of shut is to close a window.

An example of shut is to attach the lid to the top of a container.

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To fasten with a lock, catch, or latch.

Shut the cabinet.

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To move or become moved so as to block passage; close.

A door that shuts by itself.

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To stop operating, especially automatically.

The electricity shuts off at midnight.

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The line of connection between welded pieces of metal.
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To fold up or bring together the parts of (an umbrella, a book, the mouth, etc.)
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To stop or suspend the operation of (a business, school, etc.)
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To move (a door, window, lid, etc.) into a position that closes the opening to which it is fitted.
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To close by so moving its lid, cover, etc.

Shut a cash box, one's eyes, etc.

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To fasten (a door, etc.) securely, as with a bolt or catch.
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To prevent or forbid entrance to or exit from; close or bar.
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To confine or enclose in a room, cage, building, etc.
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To close, to stop from being open.

Please shut the door.

The light was so bright I had to shut my eyes.

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(intransitive) To close, to stop being open.

If you wait too long, the automatic door will shut.

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(intransitive, chiefly UK) To close a business temporarily, or (of a business) to be closed.

The pharmacy is shut on Sunday.

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The act or time of shutting; close.

The shut of a door.

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A door or cover; a shutter.

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The line or place where two pieces of metal are welded together.
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(UK, Shropshire dialect) A narrow alley or passage acting as a short cut through the buildings between two streets.
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shut (one's) eyes to
  • To refuse to consider or acknowledge:
    Administrators who shut their eyes to pervasive corruption.
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shut down
  • to close by lowering
  • to descend and envelop or darken a place
  • to cease or cause to cease operating; close (a factory, etc.)
  • to bring to an end or restrict severely (with on or upon)
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shut in
  • to surround or enclose; hem in
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shut of
  • rid of; free from
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shut off
  • to prevent the passage of (electricity, steam, etc.)
  • to prevent passage through (a road, faucet, etc.)
  • to separate; isolate
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shut out
  • to deny entrance or admission to; exclude (sound, a view, etc.)
  • to prevent (an opposing side or team) from scoring in a game or from winning even one game in a series of games
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shut up
  • to enclose, confine, or imprison
  • to close all the entrances to
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
shut
Plural:
shuts

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

shut (one's) eyes to
shut of

Origin of shut

  • Middle English shutten from Old English scyttan skeud- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English shutten, shetten, from Old English scyttan (“to cause rapid movement, shoot a bolt, shut, bolt, shut to, discharge a debt, pay off"), from Proto-Germanic *skutjanÄ…, *skuttjanÄ… (“to bar, bolt"), from Proto-Germanic *skuttÄ…, *skuttjō (“bar, bolt, shed"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keud- (“to drive, fall upon, rush"). Cognate with Dutch schutten (“to shut in, lock up"), German schützen (“to shut out, dam, protect, guard").

    From Wiktionary

  • Variation of chute or shute (archaic, related to shoot) from Old English scÄ“otan.

    From Wiktionary