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

Moriguchi, elected as board president earlier in the year, led a 7-5 vote in favor of closure. Glenn Nelson, The Seattle Times, "Battle for ‘soul’ of Seattle’s Japanese American community as Keiro Northwest nursing home closes," 16 Sep. 2019 They will be laid off as a result of the paper’s closure. Paul Farhi, Washington Post, "Express, commuter newspaper published by The Washington Post, shuts down after 16 years," 11 Sep. 2019 Employees at both the Garden Home and Lake Oswego stores said they were notified of the closure on Tuesday. oregonlive, "All Portland-area Bales and Lamb’s Thriftway grocery stores are closing," 11 Sep. 2019 The cancellations include flights that were voluntarily eliminated by the airlines in advance of the runway closure. Michael Cabanatuan,, "SFO reports dozens of flight delays and cancellations on third day of disruptions," 9 Sep. 2019 No mention of the Hollywood store’s closure -- or recurrence of listeria at the market -- was made on the Penn Dutch website or Facebook page as of Monday afternoon. Michael Mayo,, "Penn Dutch market in Hollywood closed for ‘repairs’ after second flare-up of listeria bacteria," 9 Sep. 2019 Customers appear to be flooding the restaurant after news of the pending closure. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Popular Kim's Restaurant in Troy to close after 44 years," 15 Aug. 2019 Spencer Kuvin, another attorney, said one of his clients was feeling some sense of closure that the person who had wronged her was gone forever. Mike Baker,, "Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers angered by his death," 10 Aug. 2019 The first week of the closure of Northwest Cornelius Pass Road from Kaiser Road to U.S. 30 saw some significant crashes., "Portland Wednesday traffic: County makes changes to signage and traffic flow on Cornelius Pass detours," 31 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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