Definition of closure in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈklōZHər/


1The act or process of closing something, especially an institution, thoroughfare, or frontier, or of being closed: hospitals that face closure road closures
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  • 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.
  • The Federation of Small Businesses said the road closures could cost businesses up to £10 million a day.
closing down, shutdown;
termination, discontinuation, cessation, finish, conclusion;
informal folding
1.1A thing that closes or seals something, such as a cap or zipper.
Example sentences
  • Sound decisions often come from the top, and the same can be said for dairy products fitted with protective caps, closures, lids or seals.
  • As with other dairy categories, closures and seals have received a second look in ice cream packages.
  • 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.
2A sense of resolution or conclusion at the end of an artistic work: he brings modernistic closure to his narrative
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  • When the film reaches its open-ended conclusion, any potential closure and resolution have vanished.
  • You need some type of closure and resolution to the case.
  • The ending does not convey narrative closure or resolution but catapults us violently back to the beginning.
2.1A 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
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  • It's gutsy for the author to withhold the emotional satisfaction of closure in a drama fueled by such a fraught subject.
  • 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.
  • This oversimplification feels sloppy, and even if it does provide greater emotional closure, it reduces the ambiguity of the film's final shot.


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

Words that rhyme with closure

composure, enclosure, exposure, foreclosure

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Syllabification: clo·sure

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