Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
v. shut, shut·ting, shuts
a. To move (a door or lid, for example) so as to block passage through an opening.
b. To fasten with a lock, catch, or latch: shut the cabinet.
2. To block entrance to or exit from; close: shut a corridor.
3. To confine in a closed space: shut them in a cage.
4. To exclude from a closed space: shut the cats out of the house.
5. To fold up or bring together the parts of: shut the book.
6. To cause to stop operating: shut down a restaurant; a school that was shut for the vacation.
1. To move or become moved so as to block passage; close: a door that shuts by itself.
2. To stop operating, especially automatically: The electricity shuts off at midnight.
1. The act or time of shutting.
2. The line of connection between welded pieces of metal.
1. To stop the flow or passage of; cut off: shut off the hot water by closing a valve.
2. To close off; isolate: loners who shut themselves off from the community.
shut out Sports
To prevent (an opponent) from scoring any runs or points.
1. To cause (someone) to stop speaking; silence.
2. To stop speaking.
shut (one's) eyes to
To refuse to consider or acknowledge: administrators who shut their eyes to pervasive corruption.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Verb||1.||shut out - 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"|
excommunicate, unchurch, curse - exclude from a church or a religious community; "The gay priest was excommunicated when he married his partner"
lock out - prevent employees from working during a strike
prevent, keep - 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"
To move (a door, for example) in order to cover an opening:
shut off or out
1. To exclude from normal social or professional activities:
2. To keep from being admitted, included, or considered:
person, oneself → aussperren (of aus); view → versperren; light, world → nicht hereinlassen (→ of in +acc); the child was shut out of the house → das Kind war ausgesperrt; don’t shut the sun out → lass doch die Sonne herein; draw the curtains to shut out the light → zieh die Vorhänge zu, damit das Licht nicht hereinfällt; the trees shut out the light → die Bäume nehmen das Licht weg; she closed the door to shut out the noise/draught (Brit) or draft (US) → sie schloss die Tür, damit kein Lärm hereinkam/damit es nicht zog
(fig) foreign competition → ausschalten; memory → loswerden, unterdrücken; (= censor) foreign news etc → unterdrücken; I can’t shut her out of my life → ich kann sie nicht von meinem Leben ausschließen