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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.

    3. c.
      [intransitive/transitive] if you shut your eyes, or if they shut, you close them so that you cannot see, often to avoid seeing something unpleasant
    4. d.
      [intransitive/transitive] if you shut your mouth, or if it shuts, you press your lips together
  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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