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 show was on track to be one of the most popular in the museum’s history when the pandemic forced its temporary closure in mid-March. Steve Johnson,, "Illinois Holocaust Museum’s ‘Notorious RBG’ exhibit could serve as memorial for the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg," 18 Sep. 2020 Four Lanes or No Train, a grassroots group that rose from the tension, spearheaded a movement to alter or cancel light rail plans over its closure of multiple lanes on South Central Avenue. Megan Taros, The Arizona Republic, "The pandemic crushed south Phoenix business. Then light rail construction started," 15 Sep. 2020 The crypt beneath Paris’ Notre Dame reopened to the public last week over a year after the devastating fire led to its closure in April of 2019. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Paris Reopens Notre Dame Crypt to Visitors, More Than 1 Year After Fire," 14 Sep. 2020 The City of Tuscaloosa relaxed its two-week closure of bars on Tuesday after the early spike in cases after classes resumed Aug. 19. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Dr. Deborah Birx visits Alabama campus, talks football crowds, bar safety," 11 Sep. 2020 By midday Wednesday, Broke-Ass Stuart updated its piece, saying that Chris Henry, the real estate investor and restaurateur who purchased the restaurant in 2015, confirmed that its closure was simply temporary. Anna Buchmann,, "Bay Briefing: Could rebuilt California homes also go up in flames?," 3 Sep. 2020 The registry will be open until its closure is announced. Imelda García, Dallas News, "Residents of Irving, Mesquite, DeSoto, Garland and other Dallas County cities can apply for rent, mortgage help," 2 Sep. 2020 Komen’s communications director Sean Tuffnell said the San Antonio chapter hasn’t been given a timeline yet for its closure, but it’s not among the first group of affiliates that are being asked to close shop by the end of the year. Laura Garcia,, "San Antonio’s Susan G. Komen office faces closure amid national restructure," 2 Sep. 2020 Seattle Parks told the outlet in a statement that the park had been repeatedly vandalized throughout its closure. Fox News, "Seattle police find spike strips, weapons, makeshift shields inside tents during park cleanup," 2 Sep. 2020

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

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23 Sep 2020

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“Closure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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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