Share this entry

Share this page

shut off (or shut something off)

Definition of shut off or shut something off in English:

1(Especially in relation to water, electricity, or gas) stop (or cause to stop) flowing: he was about to shut off the power
More example sentences
  • When he was 30 metres away from the scene, the hydrant burst and he rushed to find a stop valve to shut the water off, which he managed to do after about ten minutes.
  • Well, the good news is, for me, my hot water has not been shut off, I still have my parking privileges so I'm grateful.
  • Monday I came home to a letter in my mailbox, advising all residents of my building that unless the water bill is paid in person by November 20th, the water will be shut off.
1.1Stop (or cause to stop) working: the engines shut off automatically
More example sentences
  • Our trucks have a mechanism that automatically shuts the engine off if it's idling over the limit.
  • An idle-stop function saves had by shutting the engine off during deceleration and when stopped, and regenerative braking supplies electricity to recharge the battery or to run the vehicle electric-only.
  • Then the job is done, and the generator engine is shut off, reluctantly, slowly it cranks down.
1.2 (shut something off) Block the entrances and exits of something: the six compartments were being shut off from each other
More example sentences
  • Both the rear door and two side entrances were shut off from the outside world by neck-high wooden swing-doors.
  • The exit and most of the room was shut off by a massive pile of metal and concrete.
  • Visitors have noted, with exasperation and frustration, that their gateways can be shut off by illegal street parking.
Synonyms
close off, seal off, tape off, fence off, rope off, screen off, curtain off, cordon off, partition off, separate off, isolate, segregate, blockade, quarantine;
seal, close, turn off, cut, stop, halt;
enclose, encircle, surround
See parent entry: shut

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtenəbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure