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Definition of "shut" []

  • To move (a door or lid, for example) so as to block passage through an opening. (verb-transitive)
  • To block entrance to or exit from; close: shut a corridor. (verb-transitive)
  • To fasten with a lock, catch, or latch. (verb-transitive)
  • To confine in or as if in a closed space: shut them in a cage. (verb-transitive)
  • To exclude from or as if from a closed space: shut the cats out of the house. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shut" in a sentence
  • "Then turning, she saw the door shut behind her, slowly, noiselessly, but _it was shut_."
  • "But he was gone from her, his expression shut and locked like a door."
  • "I keep seeing the phrase "shut down" in reference to the nuclear reactors at Fukushima, but clearly they are not shut down as they are still generating tremendous energy in the form of heat."