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

Example Sentences

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 After 25 years of operating in the Presbyterian Church of Laurelhurst, Portland Tillamook Preschool must find a new location by next summer or face closure. oregonlive, 2 Dec. 2022 The storage container's zip closure will protect your wrapping paper from pests, dirt, and dust, and its handles make transporting it a breeze. Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 2 Dec. 2022 The closure was announced on the shop's social media Thursday evening. The Courier-Journal, 2 Dec. 2022 The department can provide a six-hour notice of the road’s closure, Weintraub said. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 2 Dec. 2022 The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains open but visitors are urged to check the park website for closure updates, safety alerts, air quality and other information. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, 30 Nov. 2022 In a post on the restaurant’s website, the closure is accompanied by a note stating that Amass was taken under bankruptcy proceedings. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2022 But there and across much of China, Covid restrictions on work and travel have added to a wider economic slowdown and pushed many small businesses into closure or bankruptcy, leaving migrant workers struggling to make a living. Olivia Wang, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2022 With the mistrial declaration, the jury couldn’t decide one way or another, leaving little closure. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 30 Nov. 2022 See More

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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

Dictionary Entries Near closure

Cite this Entry

“Closure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/closure. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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 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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