Definition of close something down (or close down) in US English:

close something down (or close down)

phrasal verb

  • Cause to cease or cease business or operation, especially permanently.

    ‘the government promised to close down the nuclear plants within twenty years’
    • ‘Seven of our 10 hospital theatres have been closed down because we do not have any money to do operations.’
    • ‘Following the latest vandalism attack on Dungarvan's Day Care Centre, there are increasing fears that management may be forced to close it down permanently.’
    • ‘If you fail to follow the rules your business will be closed down permanently.’
    • ‘I suspect that those people will stay at home, and a lot of those businesses will be closed down as a result.’
    • ‘However, it would not be difficult to close the company down should it break its commitment, he said.’
    • ‘Britain's ageing nuclear power stations will have to be closed down soon.’
    • ‘The old facilities were closed down and are not in operation any more.’
    • ‘Since then a large number of operating plants were closed down.’
    • ‘They had closed many cinemas down and were dismantling projectors for scrap.’
    • ‘I am thinking very hard about closing my businesses down because of it.’
    • ‘On current plans, over the next two decades, the UK will lose around nine gigawatts of generation capacity, as the old nuclear reactors are closed down.’
    close, shut down, cease activity, cease production, cease operating, come to a halt, cease trading
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