shutdown

noun
shut·​down | \ ˈshət-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce shutdown (audio) \

Definition of shutdown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the cessation or suspension of an operation or activity

shut down

verb
shut down; shutting down; shuts down

Definition of shut down (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to settle so as to obscure vision : close in the night shut down early

transitive verb

: to make ineffective in competition shut down the opposition's offensive line

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Examples of shutdown in a Sentence

Noun the shutdown of the factory the factory resumed operation after a brief shutdown for repairs
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Smith is not overly worried about the delay, as his students have retained knowledge from classes prior to the shutdown. Farah Eltohamy, The Arizona Republic, "Butchers, welders and aestheticians require in-person training. Here's how that happens with COVID-19," 9 Oct. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic also led to the shutdown of television and film production though some work has resumed. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Tony Award nominations to be announced Oct. 15," 8 Oct. 2020 The pandemic has led to the shutdown of retail stores around the world and lower marketing costs. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Samsung earnings soar as smartphone sales rebound and rival Huawei struggles," 8 Oct. 2020 The pandemic led to the shutdown of movie theaters across Wisconsin in mid-March. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marcus Theatres temporarily closes 17 theaters it had reopened, blaming pandemic's impact on new movies, attendance," 30 Sep. 2020 The legal battle stems from a dispute over wall funding that led to a government shutdown in early 2019. David Yaffe-bellany, Bloomberg.com, "House Suit Over Trump Border Wall Funding Revived by Court," 25 Sep. 2020 Last year, Rebel Lounge had about 380 acts and prior to the March shutdown, 150 had already been booked for 2020. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "'The precipice of a mass collapse': Independent music venues fear they'll be forced to close forever," 24 Sep. 2020 Alex Stamos, the former chief security officer of Facebook, says he’s surprised that a phishing scheme of customer service reps could lead to a total shutdown. Nicholas Thompson, Wired, "How Twitter Survived Its Biggest Hack—and Plans to Stop the Next One," 24 Sep. 2020 The release date was pushed back from June 2021 thanks to a production shutdown because of the coronavirus. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Batman’ exterior scenes to be filmed in Chicago," 24 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hotham Alpine Resort and Falls Creek northeast of Melbourne, Australia shut down their lifts on July 9 because of health restrictions and didn't reopen for the rest of the ski season. Thomas Peipert, USA TODAY, "'We’re very optimistic about skiing this winter': Resorts adapt to new normal amid pandemic," 17 Oct. 2020 Hotham Alpine Resort and Falls Creek northeast of Melbourne, Australia shut down their lifts on July 9 because of health restrictions and didn’t reopen for the rest of the ski season. The Salt Lake Tribune, "U.S. resorts adapt to new normal of skiing amid pandemic," 17 Oct. 2020 Hotham Alpine Resort and Falls Creek northeast of Melbourne, Australia shut down their lifts on July 9 because of health restrictions and didn't reopen for the rest of the ski season. Thomas Peipert, Star Tribune, "US resorts adapt to new normal of skiing amid pandemic," 17 Oct. 2020 Twitter shut down the story completely, suspending accounts—including those of many journalists—that spread it. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Facebook and Twitter Have Made a Mess of the New York Post’s Hunter Biden Story," 16 Oct. 2020 But blustery winds and fickle swells shut down most areas. Alison Humes And Matthew King, WSJ, "Should You Travel Abroad During Covid— and Where Can You Go?," 16 Oct. 2020 Some cities shut down streets for pedestrians and other uses during the pandemic. Washington Post, "U.S. surpasses 64,000 new coronavirus infections for first time since late July," 16 Oct. 2020 Florida shut down all football activities Tuesday because at least 21 players and two assistant coaches had tested positive for the virus. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Gators football game against Missouri postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak," 16 Oct. 2020 On March 7—one week before the whole world shut down because of the pandemic—Justina and Clément got married at Nuestra Señora de Fatima chapel in the small village of Juan Anchorena. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "The Bride Wore a Velvet Veil and Rode in a Carriage for Her Wedding in Argentina," 16 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of shutdown

Noun

1888, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1779, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of shutdown was in 1779

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14 Oct 2020

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“Shutdown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shutdown. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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shutdown

noun
How to pronounce shut down (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shutdown

: the act of stopping the operation or activity of a business, machine, etc., for a period of time or forever

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