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  Dictionary Definition of shut

verb, shut, shutting, adjective, noun

-- verb (t)
1. to put (a door, cover, etc.) in position to close or obstruct.
2. Also, shut up. to close the doors of: shut up the shop.
3. to close by folding or bringing the parts together: shut your eyes ; shut the book ; shut the fan.
4. to confine; enclose: to shut a bird into a cage.
5. to bar; exclude: to shut a person from one's house.
6. to close down; cease normal operations: they decided to shut the office during redecoration.
-- verb (i)
7. to become shut or closed; close.
-- adjective
8. closed; fastened up.
-- noun
9. the act or time of shutting or closing.
10. the line where two pieces of welded metal are united.
-- phrase
11. keep one's mouth shut, a. to remain silent. b. to keep a secret.
12. shut away, to hide or confine.
13. shut down, a. to close by lowering, as a lid. b. to cover or envelop, as fog. c. to close down, especially for a time, as a factory. d. to stop (a machine, engine, etc.).
14. shut down on ; shut down upon, Colloquial to put a stop or check to.
15. shut in, to imprison; confine; enclose.
16. shut off, a. to stop the flow of (water, electricity, etc.). b. to keep separate; isolate.
17. shut one's eyes to, to refuse to notice; ignore.
18. shut out, to exclude; keep out.
19. shut up, a. to imprison; confine; hide from view. b. Colloquial to stop talking; become silent. c. Colloquial to stop (someone) from talking; silence.
[ME schutte, OE scyttan bolt (a door); akin to SHOOT ]