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Definition of shut verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

shut

 verb
verb
NAmE//ʃʌt//
 
[transitive, intransitive] shut (something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shut
 
he / she / it shuts
 
past simple shut
 
-ing form shutting
 
 
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  • to make something close; to become closed Bob went into his room and shut the door behind him. I can't shut my suitcase—it's too full. She shut her eyes and fell asleep immediately. He shut his book and looked up. The window won't shut. The doors open and shut automatically. Which Word?close / shut You can close and shut doors, windows, your eyes, mouth, etc. Shut can suggest more noise and is often found in phrases such as slammed shut, banged shut, snapped shut. Shut is also usually used for containers such as boxes, suitcases, etc. To talk about the time when stores, offices, etc. are not open, use close:What time do the banks close? A strike has closed the factory.You can also use closed:The store is closed today. Closed is used in front of a noun, but shut is not:a closed window. We usually use closed about roads, airports, etc:The road is closed because of the snow. Close is also used in formal English to talk about ending a meeting or conversation:Let's close our discussion by reviewing the main points.
  • Idioms
    close/shut the door on something
     
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    to make it unlikely that something will happen She was careful not to close the door on the possibility of further talks.
    close/shut the door on something
     
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    to make it unlikely that something will happen She was careful not to close the door on the possibility of further talks.
    keep your mouth shut (informal)
     
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    to not talk about something to someone because it is a secret or because it will upset or annoy them I've warned them to keep their mouths shut about this. Now she's upset—why couldn't you keep your mouth shut?
    shut/close your ears to something
     
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    to refuse to listen to something She decided to shut her ears to all the rumors.
    shut/close your eyes to something
     
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    to pretend that you have not noticed something so that you do not have to deal with it You can't just close your eyes to his violence. They seem intent on shutting their eyes to the problems of pollution.
    shut your mouth/face! (slang)
     
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    a rude way of telling someone to be quiet or stop talking
    Phrasal Verbsshut somebody/somethingawayshut downshut somethingdownshut somebody/yourself in (something)shut something in somethingshut offshut somethingoffshut somebody/something off from somethingshut somebody/somethingout (of something)shut upshut somebody upshut somethingupshut somebody/something up (in something)shut yourself awayshut yourself off (from something)
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: shut