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shut (v.)

Old English scyttan "to put (a bolt) in place so as to fasten a door or gate, bolt, shut to; discharge, pay off," from West Germanic *skutjan (source also of Old Frisian schetta, Middle Dutch schutten "to shut, shut up, obstruct"), from PIE root *skeud- "to shoot, chase, throw." Related: Shutting.

Meaning "to close by folding or bringing together" is from mid-14c. Meaning "prevent ingress and egress" is from mid-14c. Sense of "to set (someone) free (from)" (c. 1500) is obsolete except in dialectal phrases such as to get shut of. To shut (one's) mouth "desist from speaking" is recorded from mid-14c.

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Definitions of shut from WordNet
1
shut (v.)
move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut;
shut the window
Synonyms: close
shut (v.)
become closed;
Synonyms: close
shut (v.)
prevent from entering; shut out;
The trees were shutting out all sunlight
Synonyms: exclude / keep out / shut out
2
shut (adj.)
not open;
the door slammed shut
Synonyms: unopen / closed
shut (adj.)
used especially of mouth or eyes;
his eyes were shut against the sunlight
Synonyms: closed
From wordnet.princeton.edu