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SHUT UP

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shut up mean? 

SHUT UP (adjective)
  The adjective SHUT UP has 1 sense:

1. closely confined

  Familiarity information: SHUT UP used as an adjective is very rare.


SHUT UP (verb)
  The verb SHUT UP has 3 senses:

1. refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent
2. place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape
3. cause to be quiet or not talk

  Familiarity information: SHUT UP used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SHUT UP (adjective)


Sense 1shut up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Closely confined

Synonyms:

pent; shut up

Similar:

confined (not free to move about)


SHUT UP (verb)


Sense 1shut up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

shut up; clam up; button up; belt up; be quiet; keep mum; dummy up; close up

Context example:

The children shut up when their father approached

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 2shut up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

lock away; shut away; put away; shut up; lock up; lock in; lock

Context examples:

The parents locked her daughter up for the weekend / She locked her jewels in the safe

Hypernyms (to "shut up" is one way to...):

confine (prevent from leaving or from being removed)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3shut up [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be quiet or not talk

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

silence; hush; hush up; still; quieten; shut up

Context example:

Please silence the children in the church!

Hypernyms (to "shut up" is one way to...):

conquer; curb; inhibit; stamp down; subdue; suppress (to put down by force or authority)

Cause:

hush (become quiet or still; fall silent)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "shut up"):

shush (silence (someone) by uttering 'shush!')

calm down; lull (become quiet or less intensive)

shout down (silence or overwhelm by shouting)

gag; muzzle (prevent from speaking out)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


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