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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Vermont Bradford: An anonymous flyer denying that Bigfoot is behind the prolonged closure of a bridge has locals talking about the mythical forest creatures. USA TODAY, "Space dummy, Bigfoot denial, pumped-up pumpkin: News from around our 50 states," 2 Sep. 2019 With the closure of the San Francisco consulate one year before Seattle’s, there is no outpost on the West Coast. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "More than a year after the Seattle consulate closed, Russians and Russian Americans ‘feel like we are left on our own’," 1 Sep. 2019 Two separate crashes briefly forced the closure of eastbound Interstate 84 in downtown Hartford and snarled traffic for parts of Wednesday night. Zach Murdock,, "Back-to-back crashes close Interstate 84 east in downtown Hartford on Wednesday night," 29 Aug. 2019 In April, Victoria's Secret announced the closure of 53 stores in North America and cancelled its annual televised runway show. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "New Reports Claim Forever 21 Is Preparing to File for Bankruptcy," 29 Aug. 2019 The pursuit and subsequent arrest forced the closure of westbound I-580 west of the state Highway 24 connector. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "CHP officer shoots at suspect at end of police chase on I-580 in Oakland," 27 Aug. 2019 Shark sightings have forced the temporary closure of Cape Cod beaches dozens of times since the beginning of July, with warning flags flying from Nantucket to Provincetown, from Wellfleet to Martha’s Vineyard. Thomas Farragher,, "Shark expert wants to know what makes the predator tick," 11 Aug. 2019 The shooting investigation forced closure of McDowell Road between 68th and 70th streets. Rocky Baier, azcentral, "Suspect fleeing U.S. Marshals reportedly kills himself in Scottsdale," 1 Aug. 2019 By targeting the tankers, Iraq hoped to cripple Iran economically and force the closure of the choke point. Suyin Haynes, Time, "The Strait of Hormuz Is at the Center of Iran Tensions Again. Here's How the Narrow Waterway Gained Wide Importance," 23 July 2019

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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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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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