closure

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web

The zippers and drawstring closures will keep your belongings safe, too. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Ditch the Commuter Tote in Favor of These Chic, Functional Work Bags," 3 Feb. 2019 After the third partial government closure in less than two years, Congress has had enough. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "Congress Just Can’t Quit Government Shutdowns," 31 Jan. 2019 As the stalemate grinded on, Alaska Airlines said the closure would cause at least a three-week delay in its plan to start new passenger flights from Everett, Washington. Andrew Taylor, The Seattle Times, "Senate sets up showdown votes on shutdown plans," 22 Jan. 2019 In other words, there won’t be rockets tearing through the airspace of busy airports, necessitating shutdowns and airspace closures. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The 4 Things That Could Hobble the Commercial Space Revolution," 14 Jan. 2019 In December, Sears announced another round of 80 closures slated for March. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Sears and Kmart Stores May Liquidate After Latest Bankruptcy News," 8 Jan. 2019 These closures range from the Smithsonian to the Internal Revenue Service and many people are now struggling to figure out how to afford basic necessities like rent, bills, and groceries. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "5 Ways the Government Shutdown Is Impacting Americans," 3 Jan. 2019 Indeed, when the rule went into full effect in 2015, 30 percent of coal plant closures were tied to the cost of compliance with the rule. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "EPA says regulation of mercury emissions not “appropriate and necessary”," 29 Dec. 2018 The most likely reason would be a differential need for what psychologists call cognitive closure. Ezra Klein, Vox, "A new theory for why Republicans and Democrats see the world differently," 18 Dec. 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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closure

noun

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

closure

noun
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.

closure

noun
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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