Definition of shut adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʃʌt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃʌt//
    [not before noun]
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  1. 1  not open synonym closed The door was shut. She slammed the door shut. Keep your eyes shut.
  2. 2  (British English) not open for business synonym closed Unfortunately the bank is shut now.
  3. Word OriginOld English scyttan ‘put (a bolt) in position to hold fast’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch schutten ‘shut up, obstruct’, also to shoot.Extra examples He slammed the case shut. His jaw was clenched shut. I clamped my mouth shut. I’ll leave the window shut for now. She snapped shut a file on her desk. She squeezed her eyes shut to keep the tears from coming. The bars all look shut to me. The curtains were drawn shut. The door was firmly shut. The doors closed shut behind me. The elevator door slid shut. The gates are always kept shut. The park is now shut for the winter. The window blew shut. The windows were sealed shut.
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