Present Tense: Close Down/ Closes Down
-ing Form: Closing Down
Past Tense: Closed Down
Past Participle: Closed Down
When the activities or services of a business permanently end.
The coffee shop is in the process of closing down, because the owner is moving away.
Since computers were invented, a lot of typewriter companies probably had to close down.
Used in sports, it means to stop a contender or an opponent from becoming a challenge.
The team has developed an effective strategy to close their opponents down.
The Chicago Bulls closed down every team they played in the late 1990s.
To end an activity temporarily, including business operations (pay attention to context to avoid confusion with the first meaning).
The coffee shop closes down at 10 pm every night.
All schools are closed down because of the bad snow storms.
It's a shame that the cafeteria in my neighborhood has to ____ __ because of financial issues.
The mall on 5th Avenue is ___ __ in 30 minutes, so we'll need to hurry if we want to go there.
Nobody has entered that building since it ____ ___ three years ago.
The veteran boxer _____ all his opponents ____ .
Let's _____ the store ____ early so we can go home and rest.
Listen for the phrasal verb Close Down in the video clip from the classic movie Spaceballs
All personnel proceed to escape pods. ____ __ the circus. Evacuate the zoo. The self-destruct mechanism has been activated. Abandon ship!