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English adjective: shut

1. shut not open

SamplesThe door slammed shut.

Synonymsclosed, unopen

See alsoclosed

Antonymsopen, unfastened

2. shut used especially of mouth or eyes

SamplesHe sat quietly with closed eyes.
His eyes were shut against the sunlight.


Similarblinking, compressed, squinched, squinting, tight, winking

Antonymsopened, open

English verb: shut

1. shut (contact) move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut

SamplesClose the door.
Shut the window.

ExamplesThey want to shut the doors


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)bang, bung, draw, roll up, seal, seal off, shutter, slam, slat, snap

Causeclose, shut

Verb groupclose, shut

Antonymsopen, open up

2. shut (contact) become closed

SamplesThe windows closed with a loud bang.

ExamplesThe doors shut


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change state, turn

Verb groupclose, shut

Antonymsopen, open up

3. shut (social) prevent from entering; shut out

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

Synonymsexclude, keep out, shut out

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

Broader (hypernym)keep, prevent

Narrower (hyponym)curse, excommunicate, lock out, ostracise, ostracize, unchurch

Antonymslet in, admit, include

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