close·​down ˈklōz-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce closedown (audio)
: an instance of suspending or stopping operations

Examples of closedown in a Sentence

ordered a closedown of operations until the cause of the mine explosion could be determined
Recent Examples on the Web During the closedown period, the amount of sand taken from the beach will be lowered to a maximum of 240,000 tons a year from an average of almost 300,000 that state regulators say had been taken out over the past three decades. Jim Carlton, WSJ, 13 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of closedown was in 1889

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Cite this Entry

“Closedown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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