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Closing a business and ceasing to operate a business - thesaurus

Synonyms

close

verb

to stop doing business or operating permanently

shut down

if a shop, school, factory, or business shuts down, or if someone shuts it down, it closes, usually permanently

wind up

British to close a business

go under

if something such as a business goes under, it fails completely and stops operating

liquidate

verb

business to close a business and sell everything that it owns, usually in order to pay money that is owed

fold

verb

if a business folds, it closes because it is not able to make enough money

crash

verb

if a business crashes, it fails suddenly and completely

fail

verb

if something such as a business or a relationship fails, it has a lot of problems and can no longer continue

go out of business

if a company goes out of business, it stops doing business permanently, especially because it has failed

closure

noun

the process of making a business or institution stop operating permanently

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axe

verb

mainly journalism to close a business, stop providing a service, or get rid of workers that you do not need

belly-up

adjective

informal if a company goes belly-up, it loses all of its money

bloodbath

noun

a situation in which a lot of businesses close or a lot of people lose their jobs because there is so much competition

breakup value

noun

the amount that a company would be worth if all its assets (=everything owned by the company) were sold

close

verb

to stop doing business at regular times or temporarily

close-down

noun

a situation in which a company or organization stops its activities and closes its offices, factories etc, either permanently or temporarily

close up shop

mainly American to stop an activity or close a business, either for a short time or permanently

go to the wall

to fail, especially when this involves losing all your business and money

liquidation

noun

a situation in which a business closes and sells everything it owns in order to pay money that it owes

put up the shutters

to close a shop or business at the end of the day, or to close it permanently

receivership

noun

a situation in which a business is being managed by a receiver

sell-off

noun

British a situation in which a business or part of a business is sold

sell out

American to deliberately sell all the goods in your business, especially because you are closing the business permanently

shut

adjective

British closed and not open for business

shut up shop

to close a business permanently

shut up shop

informal to close a business, either permanently or at the end of the working day

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