1 in a closed position
VERBS be, look | bang, blow, clang, click, clunk, slam, slide, swing The window blew shut. The elevator door slid shut. | remain, stay | be clenched, be jammed His jaw was clenched shut. | bang sth, kick sth, leave sth, pull sth, slam sth, slide sth, snap sth I'll leave the window shut for now. He slammed the case shut. She snapped shut a file on her desk. | keep sth The gates are always kept shut. (figurative) Afraid to ask seemingly stupid questions, I kept my mouth shut.
ADV. firmly, properly, tightly The door was firmly shut.
2 not open to the public
VERBS be, look The bars all look shut to me. | remain
PREP. for The park is now shut for the winter.