close·​down | \ ˈklōz-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce closedown (audio) \

Definition of closedown

: an instance of suspending or stopping operations

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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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First Known Use of closedown

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of closedown was in 1889

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“Closedown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of closedown

chiefly British : an occurrence or situation in which work is stopped for a long time or permanently in a business, factory, etc.
British : the end of television or radio broadcasts for the day

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