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verb shut pronunciation in British English /ʃʌt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleshutting
past tenseshut
past participleshut
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to close something, for example a door, window, or drawer
    Please shut the door behind you.
    Shut the gate or the dog will get out.
    Don’t worry about the curtains – I’ll shut them later.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] if something such as a door or window shuts, it closes
      I heard the front door shut.
    2. b.
      [transitive] if you shut a book or magazine, you close it so that you only see the cover
      Sandra shut the book and put it down on the table.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] British to close a business at the end of the working day or for a short period of time
    Let’s shut the shop early tonight.



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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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