shut off from

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of shut off from

1 : to keep (oneself) in a place that is away from (other people)
  • He shut himself off from his family.
2 : to separate (someone or something) from (something) usually used as (be) shut off from
  • Here on the island, people are shut off from (contact with) the outside world.

Word by Word Definitions

shut play
  1. : to move into position to close an opening

  2. : to prevent entrance to or passage to or from

  3. : to confine by or as if by enclosure

  1. : closed, fastened, or folded together

  2. : rid, clear, free

  1. : the act of shutting

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest


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