shut off

verb

Definition of shut off

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to close off :  separate —usually used with from shut off from the rest of the world

  3. 2a :  to cut off (as flow or passage) :  stop shuts off the oxygen supplyb :  to stop the operation of (as a machine) shut the motor off

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to cease operating :  stop shuts off automatically

Examples of shut off in a sentence

  1. threatened to shut off peace talks if the other side kept making unreasonable demands

  2. shut off the computer to save electricity

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First Known Use of shut off

1818



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