See also: shutdown
- (transitive) To close, terminate, or end.
- They are planning to shut down the entire building at the end of the month.
- 2010, Jonathan Ashcroft, Scavengers (page 41)
- Alex quickly shut down her argument. 'But I'm the male. They lead in dancing, why shouldn't I be the lead here too? And besides, I was picked, you applied, which basically means I'm the lead anyway. […]
- (ergative) To turn off or stop.
- It's a good idea to shut down the machine before you leave.
- My computer is shutting down as we speak.
- (figuratively, intransitive) To emotionally withdraw into oneself as a defense mechanism; to block out external stressors.
- I can't talk to him; he just shuts down anytime I try.
to close, terminate, or end
to turn off or stop