AskDefine | Define shut

Dictionary Definition

shut adj
1 not open; "the door slammed shut" [syn: unopen, closed] [ant: open]
2 used especially of mouth or eyes; "he sat quietly with closed eyes"; "his eyes were shut against the sunlight" [syn: closed] [ant: open]


1 move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut; "Close the door"; "shut the window" [syn: close] [ant: open]
2 become closed; "The windows closed with a loud bang" [syn: close] [ant: open]
3 prevent from entering; shut out; "The trees were shutting out all sunlight"; "This policy excludes people who have a criminal record from entering the country" [syn: exclude, keep out, shut out] [ant: admit] [also: shutting]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ʃʌt/
  • /SVt/
  • Rhymes: -ʌt


Old English scyttan


  1. To close, to stop from being open.
    • Please shut the door.
    • The light was so bright I had to shut my eyes.
  2. To close, to stop being open.
    • If you wait too long, the automatic door will shut.
  3. In the context of "transitive or intransitive, Commonwealth": To close a business temporarily, or (of a business) to be closed.
    • The pharmacy is shut on Sunday.

Usage notes

Except when part of one of the derived terms listed below, almost every use of shut can be replaced by close. The reverse is not true -- there are many uses of close than cannot be replaced by shut.

Derived terms

phrasal verbs single words and compounds idioms


Extensive Definition

Shut may refer to the following

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ban, bang, bar, barricade, batten, batten down, blank, blind, blind-alley, block out, bolt, bolted, bottle up, box in, button, button up, cease, cecal, choke, choke off, choked, choked off, clap, close, close down, close off, close up, closed, conceal, confine, constrict, constricted, contain, contract, contracted, coop up, cover, cut, cut off, cut out, dead, dead-end, debar, disallow, discontinue, douse, eliminate, exclude, fasten, fastened, fence in, fold, fold up, gag, halt, hide, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, isolate, jail, keep away, keep in, keep out, keep quiet, key, kill, latch, leave off, lock, lock out, lock up, locked up, mask, mute, occlude, padlock, pen, plumb, prohibit, put to, quieten, screen, seal, seal off, seal up, seclude, secure, segregate, send to Coventry, separate, sequester, shush, shut down, shut in, shut off, shut out, shut the door, shut up, silence, slam, snap, squeeze shut, squeezed shut, stifle, stop, strangle, strangulated, suspend, switch off, turn off, unopen, unopened, unvented, unventilated, veil, zip up, zipper
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