Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

shut off

verb

Definition of shut off

  • transitive verb
    1. 1 :  to close off :  separate —usually used with from <shut off from the rest of the world>

    2. 2a :  to cut off (as flow or passage) :  stop <shuts off the oxygen supply>b :  to stop the operation of (as a machine) <shut the motor off>

    3. intransitive verb
    4. :  to cease operating :  stop <shuts off automatically>



    Examples of shut off

    1. <threatened to shut off peace talks if the other side kept making unreasonable demands>

    2. <shut off the computer to save electricity>



    1818

    First Known Use of shut off

    1818


    Learn More about shut off


    Seen and Heard

    What made you want to look up shut off? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

    WORD OF THE DAY

    February 10, 2016

    to put in good humor

    Get Word of the Day daily email!

    WORD GAMES

    Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

    image1037863653

    Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

    kittly-benders pince-nez spindrift duvet
    Name That Thing

    10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    SCRABBLE® Sprint

    Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

    TAKE THE QUIZ