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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.
Phrasal Verbs:
shut off
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.
shut up
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.

[Middle English shutten, from Old English scyttan; see skeud- in Indo-European roots.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.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"
ostracise, ostracize - avoid speaking to or dealing with; "Ever since I spoke up, my colleagues ostracize me"
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To move (a door, for example) in order to cover an opening:
phrasal verb
shut in
To confine within a limited area:
cage, coop (in or up), enclose, fence (in), immure, mew (up), pen, shut up, wall (in or up).
phrasal verb
shut off or out
To cut off from sight:
phrasal verb
shut out
1. To exclude from normal social or professional activities:
2. To keep from being admitted, included, or considered:
3. To rid one's mind of:
phrasal verb
shut up
1. To confine within a limited area:
cage, coop (in or up), enclose, fence (in), immure, mew (up), pen, shut in, wall (in or up).
2. To enclose so as to hinder or prohibit escape:
3. To cause to become silent:
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w>shut out

vt sep
person, oneselfaussperren (of aus); viewversperren; light, worldnicht hereinlassen (→ of in +acc); the child was shut out of the housedas Kind war ausgesperrt; don’t shut the sun outlass doch die Sonne herein; draw the curtains to shut out the lightzieh die Vorhänge zu, damit das Licht nicht hereinfällt; the trees shut out the lightdie 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 competitionausschalten; memoryloswerden, unterdrücken; (= censor) foreign news etcunterdrücken; I can’t shut her out of my lifeich kann sie nicht von meinem Leben ausschließen
(US Sport) opponentnicht zum Zuge kommen lassen; they shut the opponents out with two hitssie schalteten ihre Gegner mit zwei Treffern aus; they shut them out 1-0sie warfen sie mit 1:0 aus dem Rennen
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