Closure - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkləʊʒər|  American pronunciation of the word closure
Brit.  |ˈkləʊʒə|  British pronunciation of the word closure


- approaching a particular destination; a coming closer; a narrowing of a gap (syn: closing)
- a rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body (syn: cloture)
- a Gestalt principle of organization holding that there is an innate tendency to perceive incomplete objects as complete and to close or fill gaps and to perceive asymmetric stimuli as symmetric
- something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making (syn: resolution, settlement)
he needed to grieve before he could achieve a sense of closure
- an obstruction in a pipe or tube (syn: block, blockage, occlusion, stop, stoppage)
- the act of blocking (syn: blockage, occlusion)
- termination of operations (syn: closedown, closing, shutdown)
they regretted the closure of the day care center


- terminate debate by calling for a vote (syn: cloture)
debate was closured

Extra examples

The government forced the closure of the factory.

I need to talk to him and get some closure on this issue.

Going to the memorial service for his late wife made it possible for him to achieve closure.

We all felt a sense of closure after our sister's murderer was sent to jail.

Several military bases are threatened with closure.

On the M40, there are lane closures near Oxford.

Funerals help give people a sense of closure.

We need to come to closure on this issue before the summit.

The pit has been earmarked for closure.

Employees have vowed to fight the closure to the bitter end.

The closure of the factory will cause severe damage to the local economy.

To the despair of the workers, the company announced the closure of the factory.

The merger will mean the closure of the company's Sydney office.

The closure of the factory was a necessary consequence of increased competition from abroad.

The closure of the local hospital has caused a huge public outcry.

Word forms

singular: closure
plural: closures
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