1. phrasal verb
'I shut him out of the bedroom,' says Maureen.
I was set to shut out anyone else who came knocking.
2. phrasal verb
I shut out the memory which was too painful to dwell on.
The figures represent such overwhelming human misery that the mind wants to shut it
3. phrasal verb shut
If you shut someone out of something, you prevent them from having anything to do with it.
She is very reclusive, to the point of shutting me out of her life.
They refused to allow Republicans to offer amendments, effectively shutting them out
of the process.
She had effectively shut him out by refusing to listen.
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