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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Recent Examples on the Web The timing of Exelon’s closure threat loaded heavy political baggage onto to the already complex task of setting statewide energy policy that balances the often competing demands of labor unions, environmentalists and power customers, among others. Dan Petrella,, 9 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, one resident of Halfmoon, New York, whose neighborhood was rocked by the scandal following Raniere's and Mack's arrests in March 2018, said Salzman's sentencing has finally provided some closure. Melissa Roberto, Fox News, 9 Sep. 2021 After a 17-month closure, The Beaumont in London’s Mayfair reopens with a glossy new look that oozes with all the decadence of the Roaring Twenties. Nicole Trilivas, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 The hall -- which operates from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and has just reopened following a lengthy pandemic closure -- is particularly busy on Fridays and in recent years had seen an influx of tourists. Lucy Sherriff, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 Despite the hotel’s closure in the early 1980s, the restaurant remained open until 1997. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2021 So closure became less about having a body and more about accepting absence. Cat Lafuente,, 8 Sep. 2021 The amount of stress school closure causes, especially for families in poverty. New York Times, 8 Sep. 2021 For example, Anchorage Independent could have 30 full closure days between NTI and remote instruction. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, 8 Sep. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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