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English adjective: shut up

1. shut up closely confined




English verb: shut up

1. shut up (communication) refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent

SamplesThe children shut up when their father approached.

Synonymsbe quiet, belt up, button up, clam up, close up, dummy up, keep mum

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Antonymsopen up

2. shut up (contact) place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape

SamplesThe parents locked her daughter up for the weekend.
She locked her jewels in the safe.

Synonymslock, lock away, lock in, lock up, put away, shut away

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)confine

3. shut up (change) cause to be quiet or not talk

SamplesPlease silence the children in the church!.

Synonymshush, hush up, quieten, silence, still

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress

Narrower (hyponym)calm down, gag, lull, muzzle, shout down, shush


Verb grouphush, pipe down, quiesce, quiet, quiet down, quieten


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