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[ shuht-doun ]


  1. a shutting down, as of a factory, school, or machine; a termination or suspension of operations, services, or business activity:

    a partial government shutdown;

    an emergency shutdown of a nuclear reactor.


/ ˈʃʌtˌdaʊn /


    1. the closing of a factory, shop, etc
    2. ( as modifier )

      shutdown costs


  1. to cease or cause to cease operation
  2. tr to close by lowering
  3. tr (of fog) to descend and envelop
  4. informal.
    intr; foll by on or upon to put a stop to; clamp down on
  5. tr to reduce the power level of (a nuclear reactor) to the lowest possible value

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Word History and Origins

Origin of shutdown1

1855–60, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase shut down

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Example Sentences

Jersey City unions responded to the shutdown of extra duty work in 2019 by suing the mayor.

As the shutdown continued into July, Riley’s position was eliminated, and the restaurant sold off much of the extensive wine collection she had built.

Governors' shutdowns did not cause the pandemic jobs crisisStill, even if your client’s employer invites him back to the office, it will also probably accommodate those colleagues who prefer to continue working remotely.

Still, she said, there could be jumps in community spread as some jurisdictions consider loosening shutdown guidelines.

Government-directed Internet shutdowns are, troublingly, on the rise.

From Fortune

He added, "I have not had this many phone calls since the shutdown of the government, truthfully."

They added that the shutdown was temporary and they plan to resume the trial in January.

With a government shutdown looming, Nancy Pelosi and Michele Bachmann are on the same side.

In their opinion, this would allow conservatives to lay a marker down on immigration while avoiding a shutdown for the time being.

Not so long ago, many were predicting that the government shutdown would kill Republican chances in 2014.

If a necessary shutdown occurred at night the silence awakened all sleepers in the neighborhood.


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