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

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


the shutdown of the factory the factory resumed operation after a brief shutdown for repairs

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Trump failed to secure border wall funding during the 35-day government shutdown that ended in January. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Fort Huachuca project delayed for Trump's border efforts," 4 Sep. 2019 The shutdown affects the company’s coating operations, in which solvents are used to apply chemical coatings to metal products. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "PCA hits White Bear Lake Township company with shut-down order," 23 Aug. 2019 Students with families in Jammu and Kashmir are familiar with internet shutdowns. Swati Gupta And Mukhtar Ahmad, CNN, "Kashmiris cut off from loved ones as government enforced blackout continues," 9 Aug. 2019 Monte Deatrich, environmental health manager with Tri-Country Health, estimated that 3,000 people would be affected by the shutdown. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "How can you be mad at a prairie dog? Well, Phish fans sure are," 20 Aug. 2019 After a deal was struck without much of the funds Trump requested, the shutdown was averted. Dallas News, "Kay Granger, only GOP woman from Texas in Congress, keeps low profile but has plenty of influence," 16 Aug. 2019 Most of the internet shutdowns in the Valley this year were in reaction to gunfights between security forces and militants. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "This is the 51st internet shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019," 5 Aug. 2019 Once the dog meat market is closed, the government plans to turn the area into a public park as part of an urban planning project, which led to the negotiations for the market’s shutdown. Maria Pasquini,, "'Notorious' South Korea Dog Meat Market Shut Down — and More Than 80 Dogs Have Been Saved," 1 July 2019 The show will run year-round except for a January shutdown, and will feature a seasonal holiday show starting around Thanksgiving., "Hit it: ‘Legends in Concert’ opens Friday at OWA," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The state Marijuana Regulatory Agency has recalled four products tested by a Walled Lake pot testing facility that was shut down two weeks ago by the state. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "State orders recall of marijuana products tested by shuttered Walled Lake lab," 30 Aug. 2019 Sunde was already facing six felony charges for her role in a standoff that shut down I-94 in Oconomowoc for 12 hours from June 6-7. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The woman involved in the I-94 standoff with police has been caught, authorities say," 29 Aug. 2019 Last year, Charleston Water Taxi temporarily offered a commuter schedule when the James B. Edwards Bridge between Daniel Island and Mount Pleasant was shut down. USA TODAY, "‘Stranger’ tourists, Phish and the plague, kinkajou attack: News from around our 50 states," 22 Aug. 2019 Last year, hackers based in Ukraine hit Allentown, Pa., a city of 121,000 residents, with a malware package that shut down the city government’s computers for weeks. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Ransomware Attacks Are Testing Resolve of Cities Across America," 22 Aug. 2019 The good news is that IFTTT Applets designed for the Nest Thermostat, Nest Protect, and Nest Cam will continue to work after August 31st, the date Google will shut down the Works with Nest program. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "IFTTT warns its Nest users not to migrate to Google accounts," 20 Aug. 2019 Apple is seeking financial damages and a permanent injunction that would shut down Corellium's iOS virtualization service. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Apple sues company that sells “perfect replicas” of iOS without a license," 16 Aug. 2019 Alaska’s top wildlife official this week rejected an emergency request from wolf advocates to shut down hunting and trapping on state lands next to Denali National Park and Preserve. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "State rejects request for emergency wolf buffer next to Denali National Park," 15 Aug. 2019 Some people just love that satisfaction of taking an animal who’s shut down and bringing them a new life. Daisy Melamed Sanders, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know Before Adopting a Dog," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of shutdown


1888, in the meaning defined above


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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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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