Definition of closure
1 archaic : means of enclosing : enclosure
2 : an act of closing : the condition of being closed closure of the eyelids business closures the closure of the factory
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 : an often comforting or satisfying sense of finality victims needing closure; also : something (such as a satisfying ending) that provides such a sense
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 of closure from the Web
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Oil from the field started flowing in late April to the Zawiya refinery following a three-week closure.
The luxury-handbag seller said the closures of its full-price retail stores would occur over the next two years and the company expects to record a $125 million charge in...
The standoff forced the closure of several streets.
Arizona’s Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is home to an A-10 unit; retirement of the aircraft might have made Davis-Monthan more vulnerable to closure.
Arizona's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is home to an A-10 unit; retirement of the aircraft might have made Davis-Monthan more vulnerable to closure.
Rents declined after last summer, when the closure was announced, by about 10 percent, though prices seem to have since recovered, said Mr. Gavzie of Elliman.
Some of the stores, such as Gymboree, have already announced store closures, while others could be exposed due to a high number of locations.
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Origin and Etymology of closure
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin clausura, from clausus, past participle of claudere to close — more at close
First Known Use: 14th century
CLOSURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of closure for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of closure for Students
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.
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. Andersonb: 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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