clo·​sure | \ ˈklō-zhər How to pronounce closure (audio) \

Definition of closure

1 : an act of closing : the condition of being closed closure of the eyelids business closures the closure of the factory
2 : an often comforting or satisfying sense of finality victims needing closure also : something (such as a satisfying ending) that provides such a sense
3 : something that closes pocket with zipper closure child-resistant closures
4 [ translation of French clôture ] : cloture
5 : the property that a number system or a set has when it is mathematically closed under an operation
6 : a set that consists of a given set together with all the limit points of that set
7 archaic : means of enclosing : enclosure

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Examples of closure in a Sentence

The government forced the closure of the factory. I need to talk to him and get some closure on this issue. Going to the memorial service for his late wife made it possible for him to achieve closure. We all felt a sense of closure after our sister's murderer was sent to jail. trying to bring closure to the victim's family
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Palomino did not give a reason for the closure, but Restaurant Business magazine reported in July that Palomino parent company Restaurants Unlimited had declared bankruptcy. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "All the Indianapolis restaurants that have closed so far this year," 8 July 2019 Multnomah County amended the starting date for the Cornelius Pass Road closure to Monday, July 15., "Portland metro Tuesday traffic: Cornelius Pass Road closure target date moved to July 15," 2 July 2019 The Abrams tanks were being refurbished in Lima, Ohio, at a plant that had been at risk for closure but remained online because of the administration's investments in defense spending. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Tanks, flyovers and fireworks: What to know about Trump's July 4th extravaganza," 2 July 2019 The plant had been at risk for closure but remained online due to Trump's investments in defense spending. Darlene Superville,, "Trump says U.S. military tanks will be on display for July 4 event in Washington," 1 July 2019 Many of the coal mines earmarked for closure lie in Germany’s east, where the hard-right Alternative for Germany is popular. The Economist, "German politicians are scrambling to respond to the Green Party’s surge," 14 June 2019 Mobile drivers who regularly use Cottage Hill Road should brace for a closure expected to last three or four weeks, starting Monday., "Mobile: Cottage Hill Road closure to last 3-4 weeks," 13 June 2019 The older units had been slated for closure by mid-2022 as part of a settlement in an environmental lawsuit. Matt Volz, The Seattle Times, "Operator: 2 units of Montana coal plant to close this year," 11 June 2019 But such stores have been linked to crime and the City Council targeted many of them for closure in a sweeping rewrite of the city’s zoning code in 2016. Ian Duncan,, "Baltimore liquor stores challenge new zoning law designed to shut them down," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of closure

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 7

History and Etymology for closure

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin clausura, from clausus, past participle of claudere to close — more at close

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English Language Learners Definition of closure

: a situation or occurrence in which something (such as a business or factory) closes forever
: a feeling that something has been completed or that a problem has been solved
: a feeling that a bad experience (such as a divorce or the death of a family member) has ended and that you can start to live again in a calm and normal way


clo·​sure | \ ˈklō-zhər How to pronounce closure (audio) \

Kids Definition of closure

1 : an act of closing The weather forced a closure of the schools.
2 : the condition of being closed Closure of the business has been hard on the workers.


clo·​sure | \ ˈklō-zhər How to pronounce closure (audio) \

Medical Definition of closure

1a : an act of closing up or condition of being closed up closure of the eyelids early closure of fontanels and sutures— W. A. D. Anderson
b : a drawing together of edges or parts to form a united integument wound closure by suture immediately after laceration
2 : a cap, lid, or stopper for sealing a container (as a serum vial)
3 : the perception of incomplete figures or situations as though complete by ignoring the missing parts or by compensating for them by projection based on past experience
4 : an often comforting or satisfying sense of finality therapy brought closure to the victim's family

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