closure

noun

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web There is a road closure at West 18th Street and I-670 East. Kansas City Star Bot, Kansas City Star, 15 May 2024 There is an additional outer zipped pocket for your phone and AirPods, and the zip-top closure keeps your belongings secure. Wendy Vazquez, Southern Living, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for closure 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 7

Time Traveler
The first known use of closure was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Closure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/closure. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

closure

noun
clo·​sure ˈklō-zhər How to pronounce closure (audio)
1
a
: an act of closing
b
: the condition of being closed
2
: something that closes
a pocket with zipper closure
3
: the property of being closed under a mathematical operation
the set of whole numbers does not have closure under division

Medical Definition

closure

noun
clo·​sure ˈklō-zhər How to pronounce closure (audio)
1
a
: an act of closing up or condition of being closed up
closure of the eyelids
early closure of fontanels and suturesW. 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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