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shut·​down ˈshət-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce shutdown (audio)
: the cessation or suspension of an operation or activity

shut down

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shut down; shutting down; shuts down

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

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
The Missouri Department of Transportation originally reported the shutdown was caused by a multi-car crash. Ilana Arougheti, Kansas City Star, 16 May 2024 The Panthers’ stifling, shutdown defense returned to form as Florida evened the series with the Bruins ▪ Panthers-Bruins finally got feisty. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 11 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for shutdown 

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Word History

First Known Use


1888, in the meaning defined above


1779, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of shutdown was in 1779

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“Shutdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


shut·​down ˈshət-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce shutdown (audio)
: an ending of an activity

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