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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyshut down
he/she/itshuts down
present participleshutting down
past tenseshut down
past participleshut down
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if a store, school, factory, or business shuts down, or if someone shuts it down, it closes, usually permanently
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if a machine or computer shuts down, or if someone shuts it down, it stops operating
  3. 3
    [transitive] informal to stop someone from doing something, especially to stop a player from having the freedom to move around or play well
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