Definition of closure in English:



mass noun
  • 1An act or process of closing something, especially an institution, thoroughfare, or frontier, or of being closed.

    ‘hospitals that face closure’
    count noun ‘road closures’
    • ‘Seven student organizations have called for nationwide protests along with the closure of educational institutions’
    • ‘A similar process occurred with the Richmond Report in the 1980s, which paved the way for the closure of mental health institutions.’
    • ‘He said there would be need to make up for the three weeks that had been lost following the premature closure of the institution.’
    • ‘I do not agree with the closure of Frenches Road and think the process of building the relief road has been most unhelpful to residents and visitors.’
    • ‘Further exacerbating the situation, issues of staff and patient safety have led to further bed closures at some hospitals.’
    • ‘The closure of many health institutions in recent years has provided opportunities for Government, but they have not been taken.’
    • ‘There will be traffic diversions, contra-flow systems and some road closures during the course of the work.’
    • ‘The mood of the meeting was melancholy, as the closure of the butter plant and grocery shop, were very much in the minds of those present.’
    • ‘Snow storms and gale-force winds caused disruption across Greece yesterday, forcing road closures and shutting down ferry services.’
    • ‘They were assured that emergency services would be able to gain access to the village and areas beyond the road closures although their progress could be slowed by the work.’
    • ‘Many shopkeepers in the immediate area of the excavations and road closures feared their businesses were suffering as a result.’
    • ‘Poor funding has contributed to incessant and sudden closures of institutions of higher learning, mostly induced by student unrest.’
    • ‘The Federation of Small Businesses said the road closures could cost businesses up to £10 million a day.’
    • ‘The city has struggled following a succession of high-profile business closures and job losses.’
    • ‘There were at least three road closures for maintenance today between here and Boston.’
    closing down, shutting down, shutdown, winding up
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    1. 1.1count noun A thing that closes or seals something, such as a cap or tie.
      • ‘Sound decisions often come from the top, and the same can be said for dairy products fitted with protective caps, closures, lids or seals.’
      • ‘These usually use snaps or zippers as closures and come in varying sizes.’
      • ‘The front flap and pocket flaps have hook and loop fastener tape closures.’
      • ‘In a centered closure, the zipper is concealed by two flaps of cloth running along either side.’
      • ‘With cords lacking safety closures, cover any unused outlets with electrical tape or with plastic caps to prevent the chance of a child making contact with the live circuit.’
      • ‘It features two invisible side front pockets with hidden zipper closures for holding life's necessities.’
      • ‘Both styles have a side gusset pocket, a large, main pocket with a zipper closure, a small inside pocket, a brass snap-in key swivel and a cell phone pocket.’
      • ‘If your jacket has a zipper closure, you may choose not to interface, unless the fabric feels stretchy.’
      • ‘As with other dairy categories, closures and seals have received a second look in ice cream packages.’
      • ‘The fabric at the closure of the zipper is nice and smooth and designed nicely at the top of the zipper so as to not irritate the chin.’
      • ‘So worried are they that customers won't pay more than a fiver for wine with a screw cap that these closures now come in very baffling disguises.’
      • ‘The intent of the design of the closure system was to seal the shafts to prevent leakage into the mine and preserve the current mine stability.’
  • 2(in a legislative assembly) a procedure for ending a debate and taking a vote.

    as modifier ‘a closure motion’
    • ‘The Government has already moved one closure motion to try to stop this debate.’
    • ‘There are still members on this side who have not made a contribution, and Government members have continued to move closure motions.’
    • ‘The pace at which the bill will be taken will depend upon the speed with which closure motions are accepted during the Committee stage by the Chairs of the Committee.’
    • ‘I note that the Government is moving closure motions.’
    • ‘I would like to have an assurance that the Committee, as we approach the second hour of debate on this particular part, will not suddenly be bombarded by requests for closure motions.’
    • ‘There have already been four closure motions, and 18 speakers.’
  • 3A sense of resolution or conclusion at the end of an artistic work.

    ‘he brings modernistic closure to his narrative’
    • ‘May they fully recognize the wrongs that were done and do all in their power to prevent any further harm, and to bring about healing and closure.’
    • ‘When the film reaches its open-ended conclusion, any potential closure and resolution have vanished.’
    • ‘If the novel offers closure and mature resolution, then this is it, but the case remains unproven.’
    • ‘You need some type of closure and resolution to the case.’
    • ‘It also serves to bring closure to their families, who never received an accurate account of how their loved ones died.’
    • ‘The last few episodes bring some form of closure to the major story arcs, while leaving the door wide open for further development should the show continue.’
    • ‘The music isn't trying to find peace, or closure, or resolution, it's trying to find an expression of nonacceptance, of refusal.’
    • ‘It is an attempt to speed the process along so we can bring it to closure.’
    • ‘He has described how finding the body brings closure.’
    • ‘I think that this is probably the most important link in the evidence that ought to bring closure to this matter.’
    • ‘They conduct imaginary conversations and write letters to their loved ones, bringing closure not completed at the time of death.’
    • ‘Well, I think it helps to bring closure to that part of our history.’
    • ‘And certainly, that will eliminate certain suspects and hopefully bring closure for the parents, whether she's alive or not.’
    • ‘The president did so, informing the professor that the matter was being brought to closure with the charge against her withdrawn.’
    • ‘And, for Mary and her sisters and brother, I hope that this really does bring closure.’
    • ‘The ending does not convey narrative closure or resolution but catapults us violently back to the beginning.’
    • ‘It's just simply very, very difficult to bring these issues to closure.’
    • ‘The only thing that brings real closure is the truth.’
    • ‘The Invisible Circus is a touching and heartwarming story of a young woman's journey to bring closure to her family after the unexpected suicide of her sister.’
    • ‘People always say, court cases bring about closure.’
    • ‘At the least, it will be provisional, open-ended, and organized around process rather than closure.’
    • ‘The lives and stories frequently intersect as the movie makes its way towards a conclusion that attempts to bring a form of closure to all that has transpired.’
    1. 3.1 A feeling that an emotional or traumatic experience has been resolved.
      ‘I am desperately trying to reach closure but I don't know how to do it without answers from him’
      • ‘In addition, many of the plots are left unresolved, leaving the reader with a sense of loss or lack of closure - mirroring the experience many people during this time must have had.’
      • ‘Helping them share their perceptions and create a more accurate picture can facilitate healing and closure.’
      • ‘But now that I've seen the film about four times, it really brings a sense of closure to that whole experience.’
      • ‘This oversimplification feels sloppy, and even if it does provide greater emotional closure, it reduces the ambiguity of the film's final shot.’
      • ‘I know that musicians leave pieces unresolved specifically to create tension but to do it with a three-minute pop song causes me to have a permanent feeling of lack of closure.’
      • ‘Divorce counseling is concerned with helping the couple gain some sense of closure regarding their relationship.’
      • ‘There is hope in finding happiness and obtaining closure.’
      • ‘The goal that I want you to strive for is what I call emotional closure.’
      • ‘Whether his surviving victims will, in fact, experience such closure is a question that only they can answer.’
      • ‘Well, I think you have to work toward emotional closure.’
      • ‘It's gutsy for the author to withhold the emotional satisfaction of closure in a drama fueled by such a fraught subject.’
      • ‘With the news of the birth of their healthy baby came a sense of closure to an intensely emotional case.’


[with object]
  • Apply the closure to (a debate or speaker) in a legislative assembly.


Late Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin clausura, from claus- ‘closed’, from the verb claudere.