Definition of closure in English:



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

    ‘hospitals that face closure’
    ‘road closures’
    • ‘Poor funding has contributed to incessant and sudden closures of institutions of higher learning, mostly induced by student unrest.’
    • ‘The city has struggled following a succession of high-profile business closures and job losses.’
    • ‘The closure of many health institutions in recent years has provided opportunities for Government, but they have not been taken.’
    • ‘Many shopkeepers in the immediate area of the excavations and road closures feared their businesses were suffering as a result.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Further exacerbating the situation, issues of staff and patient safety have led to further bed closures at some hospitals.’
    • ‘There were at least three road closures for maintenance today between here and Boston.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Snow storms and gale-force winds caused disruption across Greece yesterday, forcing road closures and shutting down ferry services.’
    • ‘There will be traffic diversions, contra-flow systems and some road closures during the course of the work.’
    • ‘The Federation of Small Businesses said the road closures could cost businesses up to £10 million a day.’
    closing down, shutting down, shutdown, winding up
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    1. 1.1 A thing that closes or seals something, such as a cap or zipper.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a centered closure, the zipper is concealed by two flaps of cloth running along either side.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sound decisions often come from the top, and the same can be said for dairy products fitted with protective caps, closures, lids or seals.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If your jacket has a zipper closure, you may choose not to interface, unless the fabric feels stretchy.’
      • ‘These usually use snaps or zippers as closures and come in varying sizes.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘As with other dairy categories, closures and seals have received a second look in ice cream packages.’
      • ‘It features two invisible side front pockets with hidden zipper closures for holding life's necessities.’
      • ‘The front flap and pocket flaps have hook and loop fastener tape closures.’
  • 2(in a legislative assembly) a procedure for ending a debate and taking a vote; cloture.

    as modifier ‘a closure motion’
    • ‘There have already been four closure motions, and 18 speakers.’
    • ‘I note that the Government is moving closure motions.’
    • ‘The Government has already moved one closure motion to try to stop this debate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are still members on this side who have not made a contribution, and Government members have continued to move closure motions.’
  • 3A sense of resolution or conclusion at the end of an artistic work.

    ‘he brings modernistic closure to his narrative’
    • ‘If the novel offers closure and mature resolution, then this is it, but the case remains unproven.’
    • ‘They conduct imaginary conversations and write letters to their loved ones, bringing closure not completed at the time of death.’
    • ‘I think that this is probably the most important link in the evidence that ought to bring closure to this matter.’
    • ‘The music isn't trying to find peace, or closure, or resolution, it's trying to find an expression of nonacceptance, of refusal.’
    • ‘The ending does not convey narrative closure or resolution but catapults us violently back to the beginning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You need some type of closure and resolution to the case.’
    • ‘It is an attempt to speed the process along so we can bring it to closure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 president did so, informing the professor that the matter was being brought to closure with the charge against her withdrawn.’
    • ‘He has described how finding the body brings closure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It also serves to bring closure to their families, who never received an accurate account of how their loved ones died.’
    • ‘People always say, court cases bring about closure.’
    • ‘At the least, it will be provisional, open-ended, and organized around process rather than closure.’
    • ‘Well, I think it helps to bring closure to that part of our history.’
    • ‘When the film reaches its open-ended conclusion, any potential closure and resolution have vanished.’
    • ‘The only thing that brings real closure is the truth.’
    • ‘And certainly, that will eliminate certain suspects and hopefully bring closure for the parents, whether she's alive or not.’
    • ‘It's just simply very, very difficult to bring these issues to closure.’
    • ‘And, for Mary and her sisters and brother, I hope that this really does bring closure.’
    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’
      • ‘It's gutsy for the author to withhold the emotional satisfaction of closure in a drama fueled by such a fraught subject.’
      • ‘The goal that I want you to strive for is what I call emotional closure.’
      • ‘This oversimplification feels sloppy, and even if it does provide greater emotional closure, it reduces the ambiguity of the film's final shot.’
      • ‘Divorce counseling is concerned with helping the couple gain some sense of closure regarding their relationship.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But now that I've seen the film about four times, it really brings a sense of closure to that whole experience.’
      • ‘Helping them share their perceptions and create a more accurate picture can facilitate healing and closure.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Well, I think you have to work toward emotional closure.’
      • ‘With the news of the birth of their healthy baby came a sense of closure to an intensely emotional case.’
      • ‘Whether his surviving victims will, in fact, experience such closure is a question that only they can answer.’
      • ‘There is hope in finding happiness and obtaining closure.’


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