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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Construction will occasionally require lane closures, which GDOT said would be limited to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. David Ibata, ajc, "GDOT spending $133K to extend Woodstock turn lane," 12 July 2018 For updates on this closure, visit the Facebook page for Harford County DPW – Highways Division. The Aegis, "New Park Road in Norrisville to close six months for bridge replacement," 11 July 2018 During the closure, SEPTA workers and third-party contractors will be cleaning the stations and completing maintenance work, including upgrades to the tracks, signals and power systems. Katherine Nails,, "SEPTA's Center City trolley tunnel to close for 9-day maintenance 'blitz'," 12 July 2018 Councilman Pat Mulvihill, whose district includes the Walmart and Kmart buildings, issued a statement Wednesday expressing his disappointment in the coming closure. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Is your Louisville Walmart closing? These stores will shut down soon," 11 July 2018 The closure will allow the DOT to install a high-friction surface treatment near the westbound bridge. Debi Eimer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Work on Highway 16 will close westbound lanes near Sawyer Road this weekend," 10 July 2018 The closure came after a state health inspector noted rodent droppings under seats in a dining area near the bar during a July 3 visit. Kyle Arnold,, "Bahama Breeze reopens after rodent problems in Altamonte Springs," 9 July 2018 The local closures reported by the Observer this week are part of Walgreens' deal announced last fall to buy 1,932 Rite Aid stores, mostly in the South and Northeast. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Several more drugstores in the Charlotte area set to close soon," 6 July 2018 Company officials offered minimum details, but local news reports said 120 local employees would be affected by the closure. Alexander Coolidge,, "P&G shutters another overseas factory," 5 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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