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Definition 1: move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut - [verb of contact]

Samples where shut or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Close the door
  • shut the window

Synonyms for shut in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of shut ) close with a snapping motion

"The lock snapped shut"

(... is a kind of shut ) close with a cork or stopper

(... is a kind of shut ) close (a car window) by causing it to move up, as with a handle

"she rolled up the window when it started to rain"

(... is a kind of shut ) move or pull so as to cover or uncover something

"draw the shades" "draw the curtains"

(... is a kind of shut ) close with shutters

"We shuttered the window to keep the house cool"

(... is a kind of shut ) close violently

"He slammed the door shut"

(... is a kind of shut ) close the slats of (windows)

(... is a kind of shut ) make tight; secure against leakage

"seal the windows"

(shut has a similar meaning as ...) become closed

"The windows closed with a loud bang"

Definition 2: become closed - [verb of contact]

Samples where shut or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The windows closed with a loud bang

Synonyms for shut in the sense of this definition

(shut is a kind of ...) undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

"We turned from Socialism to Capitalism" "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"

(shut has a similar meaning as ...) move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut

"Close the door" "shut the window"

Samples where shut or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The trees were shutting out all sunlight
  • This policy excludes people who have a criminal record from entering the country

Synonyms for shut in the sense of this definition

(shut is a kind of ...) stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state

"We must prevent the cancer from spreading" "His snoring kept me from falling asleep" "Keep the child from eating the marbles"

(... is a kind of shut ) exclude from a church or a religious community

"The gay priest was excommunicated when he married his partner"

(... is a kind of shut ) prevent employees from working during a strike

(... is a kind of shut ) avoid speaking to or dealing with

"Ever since I spoke up, my colleagues ostracize me"

Definition 4: not open - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where shut or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the door slammed shut

Synonyms for shut in the sense of this definition

(means also ...) not open or affording passage or access

"the many closed streets made travel difficult" "our neighbors peeped from behind closed curtains"

Definition 5: used especially of mouth or eyes - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where shut or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he sat quietly with closed eyes
  • his eyes were shut against the sunlight

Synonyms for shut in the sense of this definition

(shut is similar to ...) closing the eyes intermittently and rapidly

"he stood blinking in the bright sunlight"

(shut is similar to ...) pressed tightly together

"with lips compressed"

(shut is similar to ...) having eyes half closed in order to see better

"squinched eyes"

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