shut down

Meaning: to close something like a factory, school or hospital, usually forever

Synonym: close down

For example:

  • shut sth down The government decided to shut the coal mine down after a terrible accident killed hundreds of miners.

  • shut down sth If we can't get enough money to keep it going, we'll have to shut down the school.

Nouns often used as objects with shut down: factory, business, school, hospital, mine

Quick Quiz:

The company's manager decided to shut down

a. the company cars

b. the office party

c. the factory

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Contributor: Matt Errey