closed

If something's closed, it's shut or sealed. When your brother's bedroom door is closed, you'd better knock; if the library's closed, you'll have to come back tomorrow to check out some books.

Things that are closed aren't open. People sleep with their eyes closed, and your neighborhood bookstore might be closed on Sundays. Things can be figuratively closed too: if you have a closed mind, you're not willing to consider new ideas or perspectives. The word closed comes from the Old French verb clore, "to shut" or "to cut off from," with its Latin root claudere, "to block up or make inaccessible."

Definitions of closed
  1. adjective
    not open
    synonyms: shut, unopen
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    Antonyms:
    open, unfastened
    affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed
    ajar
    slightly open
    wide-open
    open wide
    open
    affording free passage or access
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  2. adjective
    used especially of mouth or eyes
    “he sat quietly with closed eyes”
    synonyms: shut
    blinking, winking
    closing the eyes intermittently and rapidly
    compressed, tight
    pressed tightly together
    squinched, squinting
    having eyes half closed in order to see better
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    open, opened
    used of mouth or eyes
    agape, gaping
    with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe
    agaze, staring
    (used of eyes) open and fixed as if in fear or wonder
    wide, wide-eyed
    (used of eyes) fully open or extended
    yawning
    with the mouth wide open indicating boredom or sleepiness
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  3. adjective
    with shutters closed
    Synonyms:
    shuttered
    provided with shutters or shutters as specified; often used in combination
  4. adjective
    not having an open mind
    “a closed mind unreceptive to new ideas”
    synonyms: unsympathetic
    unreceptive
    not receptive
  5. adjective
    not open or affording passage or access
    “the many closed streets made travel difficult”
    “our neighbors peeped from behind closed curtains”
    Synonyms:
    obstructed
    shut off to passage or view or hindered from action
    shut, unopen
    not open
    blocked, out of use
    closed to traffic
    drawn
    having the curtains or draperies closed or pulled shut
    stoppered
    (of a container) having a stopper in the opening
    nonopening
    not open; not opening
    sealed
    closed or secured with or as if with a seal
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    Antonyms:
    open
    affording free passage or access
    open, unfastened
    affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed
    opened
    made open or clear
    unstoppered
    (of a container) having the stopper removed
    yawning
    gaping open as if threatening to engulf someone or something
    unsealed
    not closed or secured with or as if with a seal
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  6. adjective
    blocked against entry
    “a closed porch”
    synonyms: closed in
    enclosed
    closed in or surrounded or included within
  7. adjective
    not open to the general public
    “a closed meeting”
    Synonyms:
    restricted
    subject to restriction or subjected to restriction
  8. adjective
    requiring union membership
    “a closed shop”
    Synonyms:
    union
    of trade unions
  9. adjective
    (set theory) of an interval that contains both its endpoints
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    Antonyms:
    open
    (set theory) of an interval that contains neither of its endpoints
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