clo·​sure | \ˈklō-zhər \

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

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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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Despite the rain, the midterms, and the typical street closures, New Yorkers migrated uptown last night to celebrate all things elegant at Barneys New York. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Amy Astley, Behati Prinsloo, and Barneys New York Celebrate Interior Designer Extraordinaire Ryan Korban," 7 Nov. 2018 Buttoning up your shirt is overrated—or so says Bella Hadid, who has stepped out in New York City yet again without properly fastening the closures on her top. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Wore an Unbuttoned Shirt Hanging Out With The Weeknd," 30 Oct. 2018 Governor Haslam has refused to implement a key part of the law that would further cover over 120,000 Tennesseans, and hospitals in Tennessee now face closure. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift Endorses Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper, Two Democrats in Tennessee," 8 Oct. 2018 Chicago police performed rolling street closures as the march progressed, creating traffic headaches across the North Side. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Chicago protesters demanding Rahm Emanuel's resignation march to Wrigley Field, closing major roads," 2 Oct. 2018 The recent closures come after Sears and Kmart shut down nearly 400 stores in the past year. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "Here Is a List of the Latest Sears and Kmart Store Closings," 23 Aug. 2018 The fires are still uncontrolled and are spreading, forcing road and trail closures. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Glacier National Park Wildfires Force Evacuations," 13 Aug. 2018 Jordan feared another refugee influx but welcomed the anticipated reopening of what had been the main land route from Turkey to the Gulf after three years of closure. The Economist, "Politics this week," 12 July 2018 Although signs were posted announcing the hiking ban, there was no enforcement of the closure at Iron Mountain. J. Harry Jones,, "Closure of trails, though ignored by some, had desired effect," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of closure

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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 \

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 \

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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