closure

noun
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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The closure was brief, only lasting just under 30 minutes between 10:13 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., per a New York Times report. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Rogue Drone Sighting Shut Down All Fights at Dubai International," 15 Feb. 2019 The company’s closure was abrupt and surprised members of the robotics community. James Vincent, The Verge, "Pioneering creator of collaborative ‘cobots’ Rethink Robotics shuts down," 4 Oct. 2018 Unable to find closure, Jeff falls into a spiral that’s mirrored in the way that Kidding dips in and out of magical realism. Karen Han, Vox, "Jim Carrey returns to TV on Showtime’s Kidding. It’s a messy triumph.," 8 Sep. 2018 Just for me and to like, have some closure if anything really were to happen. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Cheryl Burke Discovers She Has a Sister She Never Knew in Wake of Her Father's Death," 9 July 2018 Kenny Omega and Cody Rhodes also provided closure to their story Omega defeated Rhodes with his one-winged angel finisher in a match that lasted over 30 minutes and accomplished multiple objectives. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Takeaways From New Japan, WWE and UFC After a Night in July That Changed the Business," 8 July 2018 The vibrant noir cinematic style matches the song's passionate nature as the pair face off before finding closure. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "DAY6 Drop 'Shoot Me' Music Video," 26 June 2018 During this time, several street closures and parking restrictions will be in effect. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Charlottesville Anniversary Events Are Scheduled in Charlottesville and Washington, D.C.," 10 Aug. 2018 Village officials said there have been no reported complaints from village residents or businesses regarding the parking or street closures. David Heitz, chicagotribune.com, "Foxford Station development rises quickly in downtown Western Springs," 12 July 2018

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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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closure

noun

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

closure

noun
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.

closure

noun
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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