Definition of closure in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkləʊʒə/


[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
More example sentences
  • 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, shutting down, shutdown, winding up;
termination, discontinuation, discontinuance, cessation, finish, finishing, conclusion, concluding, stoppage, stopping, halting, ceasing;
informal folding
1.1 [count noun] A thing that closes or seals something, such as a cap or tie.
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.
2(In a legislative assembly) a procedure for ending a debate and taking a vote: [as modifier]: a closure motion
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  • The Government has already moved one closure motion to try to stop this debate.
  • 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 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.
3A 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.
3.1A 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.


[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.

Words that rhyme with closure

composure, enclosure, exposure, foreclosure

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: clos¦ure

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