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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyshut up
he/she/itshuts up
present participleshutting up
past tenseshut up
past participleshut up
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] [often in imperative] impolite to stop talking or making a noise

    Why don’t you shut up?

    shut up about:

    I wish he’d shut up about his holiday.

    1. a.
      [transitive]shut someone up impolite to make someone stop talking or making a noise

      Can’t you shut the kids up for just five minutes?

  2. 2
    [transitive] to keep someone in a small area for a specific purpose

    Many students shut themselves up in their rooms to study.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to close a building so that people cannot enter or leave it
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