[ kloh-zher ]
/ ˈkloʊ ʒər /


verb (used with or without object), clo·sured, clo·sur·ing.

Parliamentary Procedure. to cloture.

Origin of closure

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin clausūra. See close, -ure
Related formsnon·clo·sure, nounpre·clo·sure, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for closure


/ (ˈkləʊʒə) /



(tr) (in a deliberative body) to end (debate) by closure

Word Origin for closure

C14: from Old French, from Late Latin clausūra bar, from Latin claudere to close
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Word Origin and History for closure



late 14c., "a barrier, a fence," from Old French closure "enclosure; that which encloses, fastening, hedge, wall, fence," also closture "barrier, division; enclosure, hedge, fence, wall" (12c., Modern French clôture), from Late Latin clausura "lock, fortress, a closing" (source of Italian chiusura), from past participle stem of Latin claudere "to close" (see close (v.)). Sense of "act of closing, bringing to a close" is from early 15c. In legislation, especially "closing or stopping of debate." Sense of "tendency to create ordered and satisfying wholes" is 1924, from Gestalt psychology.

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