to make sth close; to become closed
Philip went into his room and shut the door behind him.
I can't shut my suitcase─it's too full.
She shut her eyes and fell asleep immediately.
He shut his book and looked up.
The window won't shut.
The doors open and shut automatically.
when a shop/store, restaurant, etc. shuts or when sb shuts it, it stops being open for business and you cannot go into it
The bank shuts at 4.
a rude way of telling sb to be quiet or stop talking
to close a business permanently or to stop working for the day
to refuse to listen to sth
She decided to shut her ears to all the rumours.
to pretend that you have not noticed sth so that you do not have to deal with it
to not talk about sth to sb because it is a secret or because it will upset or annoy them
I've warned them to keep their mouths shut about this.
Now she's upset─why couldn't you keep your mouth shut?
to put sb/sth in a place where other people cannot see or find them
to go somewhere where you will be completely alone
of a factory, shop/store, etc. or a machine
to stop opening for business; to stop working
to stop a factory, shop/store, etc. from opening for business; to stop a machine from working
The computer system will be shut down over the weekend.
to put sb in a room and keep them there; to go to a room and stay there
She shut the dog in the shed while she prepared the barbecue.
to trap sth by closing a door, lid, etc. on it
Sam shut his finger in the car door.
of a machine, tool, etc.
to stop working
The engines shut off automatically in an emergency.
to stop a machine, tool, etc. from working
to stop a supply of gas, water, etc. from flowing or reaching a place
A valve immediately shuts off the gas when the lid is closed.
to avoid seeing people or having contact with anyone
Martin shut himself off from the world to write his book.
to separate sb/sth from sth
Bosnia is shut off from the Adriatic by the mountains.
to prevent sb/sth from entering a place
Mum, Ben keeps shutting me out of the bedroom!
sunglasses that shut out 99% of the sun's harmful rays
to not allow a person to share or be part of your thoughts; to stop yourself from having particular feelings
I wanted to shut John out of my life for ever.
She learned to shut out her angry feelings.
If you shut me out, how can I help you?
to stop talking (often used as an order as a rude way of telling sb to stop talking)
Just shut up and listen!
Will you tell Mike to shut up?
When they'd finally shut up, I started again.
to make sb stop talking
She kicked Anne under the table to shut her up.
to close a room, house, etc.
to keep sb/sth in a place and prevent them from going anywhere
The door was shut.
She slammed the door shut.
Keep your eyes shut.
not open for business
Unfortunately the bank is shut now.
You can close and shut doors, windows, your eyes, mouth, etc.
shut可含发出较大声音之意，常见于slammed shut、banged shut、snapped shut（砰的一声关上）等短语中。
Shut can suggest more noise and is often found in phrases such as slammed shut , banged shut , snapped shut .
Shut is also usually used for containers such as boxes, suitcases, etc.
To talk about the time when shops, offices, etc. are not open, use close or shut .
What time do the banks close/shut?
A strike has shut the factory.
You can also use closed or shut ( NAmE usually closed ).
The store is closed/shut today.
Especially in NAmE , shut can sound less polite.
Closed is used in front of a noun, but shut is not.
a closed window
We usually use closed about roads, airports, etc.
The road is closed because of the snow.
Close is also used in formal English to talk about ending a meeting or conversation.