An example of shut is to close a window.
An example of shut is to attach the lid to the top of a container.
Shut them in a cage.
Shut a corridor.
Shut the cats out of the house.
Shut the book.
Shut down a restaurant; a school that was shut for the vacation.
The electricity shuts off at midnight.
The shut of a door.
A door that shuts by itself.
- To refuse to consider or acknowledge:.Administrators who shut their eyes to pervasive corruption.
- 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).
- To surround or enclose; hem in.
- Rid of; free from.
- To prevent the passage of (electricity, steam, etc.).
- To prevent passage through (a road, faucet, etc.).
- To separate; isolate.
- 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.
- To enclose, confine, or imprison.
- To close all the entrances to.
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…, *skuttjÅ (“bar, bolt, shed"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keud- (“to drive, fall upon, rush"). Cognate with Dutch schutten (“to shut in, lock up"), German schÃ¼tzen (“to shut out, dam, protect, guard").