These children are standing very close to each other.
- The definition of close is near or almost.
- An example of close is a house that is only one street away from the community pool.
- An example of close is losing the game by only one point.
- Close means to seal up, shut off or make something not be open anymore.
An example of close is to shut the lid on a laptop.
- denoting the fact or state of being closed or confined shut; not open enclosed or enclosing; shut in confined or confining; narrow: close quarters carefully guarded: close custody shut away from observation; hidden; secluded secretive; reserved; reticent miserly; stingy restricted, as in membership oppressively warm and stuffy: said of the weather, atmosphere, etc. not readily available: credit is closePhonet. articulated with the tongue relatively high in the mouth, near the palate: said of certain vowels, as the (?) in eat
- denoting nearness with little space between; with the intervening space closing or closed up; near together having parts or elements near together; compact; dense: close marching order, close weave fitting tightly: a close coat
- down or near to the surface on which something grows; very short: a close shave
- not far away; nearby: a close neighbor
Origin of closeMiddle English clos from Old French from Classical Latin clausus, past participle of claudere (see close); senses under II from notion “with spaces or intervals closed up”
close to the wind
- Naut. heading as closely as possible in the direction from which the wind is blowing
- barely avoiding what is unlawful
transitive verbclosed, clos′ing
- to move (a door, lid, etc.) to a position that covers the opening; shut
- to shut by so moving its lid, cover, etc.: close a jewelry box, one's eyes, etc.
- to bar entrance to or exit from: to close a street
- to fill up or stop (an opening)
- to draw the edges of together: to close an incision
- to fold up or bring together the parts of: to close an umbrella
- to bring together the covers of (a book, magazine, etc.) so that the pages cannot be seen, read, etc.
- to clench (a fist)
- to bind together; unite: to close forces
- to bring to an end; finish
- to stop or suspend the operation of (a school, business, etc.)
- to complete or make final (a sale, agreement, etc.)
- to make stubbornly resistant: to close one's mind
Origin of closeMiddle English closen from Old French clos-, stem of clore from Classical Latin claudere, to close, block up from Indo-European base an unverified form kl?u, an unverified form kl?u-, hook, crooked or forked branch, close with a hook or bar from source slot, lot, Classical Greek kleistos, closed, Classical Latin clavis, key, clavus, nail, Old Irish clo, nail, German schliessen, to lock
- to undergo shutting: the door closes quietly
- to come to an end
- to end or suspend operations: the store closes at noon
- in the stock exchange, to show an indicated price level at the day's end: steel closed high
- to have its edges become joined together: the wound has closed
- to come together
- to take hold: her hand closed on the package
- to throng closely together: his friends closed about him
- to lessen an intervening distance; gain: closing on the lead runner
- to make contact or come close, as in order to begin fighting
- to conclude a business transaction
- to be concluded: said of a business transaction
- a closing or being closed
- the final part or conclusion; end
- Archaic a hand-to-hand encounter
- to shut or stop entirely
- to settle down (on), as darkness or a fog
- to draw near from various directions, as to cut off escape: the wolves closed in for the kill
- to surround or confine
- to dispose of (goods) by sale, as in ending a business
- to terminate (a position in securities or commodities), as by buying shares in order to cover a short sale of stock
- to draw nearer together
- to shut or stop up entirely
- to heal, as a wound does
- an enclosed place, as a farmyard
- enclosed grounds around or beside a building: a cathedral close
- a narrow street or passageway; also, a dead-end street
Origin of closeMiddle English clos from Old French from Classical Latin clausum, origin, originally , neuter past participle of claudere: see close
- Being near in space or time. See Usage Note at redundancy.
- Being near in relationship: close relatives.
- Bound by mutual interests, loyalties, or affections; intimate: close friends.
- Having little or no space between elements or parts; tight and compact: a close weave.
- Being near the surface; short: a close haircut.
- Being on the brink of: close to tears.
- Decided by a narrow margin; almost even: a close election.
- Faithful to the original: a close copy.
- Very attentive; rigorous; thorough: a close reading; close supervision.
- Shut; closed.
- Shut in; enclosed.
- Confining or narrow; crowded: close quarters.
- Fitting tightly: close garments.
- Warm and humid or stuffy: close weather; a close room.
- Confined to specific persons or groups: a close secret.
- Strictly confined or guarded: kept under close custody.
- Secretive; reticent: was close about her personal life.
- Giving or spending with reluctance; stingy: He is known to be close with his money.
- Not easily acquired; scarce: Money was close.
- Linguistics Pronounced with the tongue near the palate, as the ee in meet. Used of vowels.
- Marked by more rather than less punctuation, especially commas.
verbclosed, clos·ing, clos·es
- To move (a door, for example) so that an opening or passage is covered or obstructed; shut.
- To bar access to: closed the road for repairs.
- To fill or stop up: closed the cracks with plaster.
- To stop the operations of permanently or temporarily: closed down the factory.
- To make unavailable for use: closed the area to development; closed the database to further changes.
- To bring to an end; terminate: close a letter; close a bank account.
- To bring together all the elements or parts of: Management closed ranks and ostracized the troublemaker.
- To join or unite; bring into contact: close a circuit.
- To draw or bind together the edges of: close a wound.
- Sports To modify (one's stance), as in baseball or golf, by turning the body so that the forward shoulder and foot are closer to the intended point of impact with the ball.
- To complete the final details or negotiations on: close a deal.
- Archaic To enclose on all sides.
- To become shut: The door closed quietly.
- To come to an end; finish: The book closes on a hopeful note.
- To reach an agreement; come to terms: We close on the house next week.
- To cease operation: The shop closes at six.
- To be priced or listed at a specified amount when trading ends: Stocks closed higher on Monday.
- a. To engage at close quarters: closed with the enemy.b. To draw near: The orbiter closed with the space station in preparation for docking.
- To come together: My arms closed around the little child.
- Baseball To finish a game by protecting a lead. Used of relief pitchers.
- The act of closing.
- A conclusion; a finish: The meeting came to a close.
- Music The concluding part of a phrase or theme; a cadence.
- An enclosed place, especially land surrounding or beside a cathedral or other building.
- Chiefly British A narrow way or alley.
- Archaic A fight at close quarters.
Origin of closeMiddle English clos closed from Old French from Latin clausus past participle of claudere to close V., from Middle English closen from Old French clore clos- from Latin claudere
- clos′a·ble close′a·ble
(third-person singular simple present closes, present participle closing, simple past and past participle closed)
- (physical) To remove a gap.
- To obstruct (an opening).
- To move so that an opening is closed.
- Close the door behind you when you leave.
- Jim was listening to headphones with his eyes closed.
- To make (e.g. a gap) smaller.
- The runner in second place is closing the gap on the leader.
- to close the ranks of an army
- To grapple; to engage in close combat.
- (social) To finish, to terminate.
- To put an end to; to conclude; to complete; to finish; to consummate.
- close the session; to close a bargain; to close a course of instruction
- To come to an end.
- The debate closed at six o'clock.
- (marketing) To make a sale.
- (baseball, pitching) To make the final outs, usually three, of a game.
- He has closed the last two games for his team.
- (figuratively, computing) To terminate an application, window, file or database connection, etc.
- To put an end to; to conclude; to complete; to finish; to consummate.
- To come or gather around; to enclose; to encompass; to confine.
- (surveying) To have a vector sum of 0; that is, to form a closed polygon.
From Middle English closen (“to close, enclose”), partly continuing (in altered form) earlier Middle English clusen ("to close"; from Old English clȳsan (“to close, shut”); compare beclose, forclose, etc.); and partly derived from the Middle English adjective clos (“close, shut up, confined, secret”), from Old French clos (“close, confined”, adjective), from Latin clausus (“shut up”, past participle), from claudere (“to bar, block, close, enclose, bring an end to, confine”), from Proto-Indo-European *klāw- (“key, hook, nail”), related to Latin clāvis (“key, deadbolt, bar”), clāvus (“nail, peg”), claustrum (“bar, bolt, barrier”), claustra (“dam, wall, barricade, stronghold”). Cognate with Ancient Greek κλείς (kleis, “bar, bolt, key”), German schließen (“to close, conclude, lock”), Dutch sluiten (“to close, conclude, lock”). Replaced Old English lūcan (“to close, lock, enclose”).
(comparative closer, superlative closest)
- (now rare) Closed, shut.
- Narrow; confined.
- a close alley; close quarters
- At a little distance; near.
- Is your house close?
- Intimate; well-loved.
- He is a close friend.
- (law) Of a corporation or other business entity, closely held.
- Oppressive; without motion or ventilation; causing a feeling of lassitude.
- (Ireland, England, Scotland, weather) Hot, humid, with no wind.
- (linguistics, phonetics, of a vowel) Articulated with the tongue body relatively close to the hard palate.
- Strictly confined; carefully guarded.
- a close prisoner
- her close intent
- Nearly equal; almost evenly balanced.
- a close contest
- to cut grass or hair close
- (archaic) Dense; solid; compact.
- (archaic) Concise; to the point.
- close reasoning
- (dated) Difficult to obtain.
- Money is close.
- (dated) Parsimonious; stingy.
- Adhering strictly to a standard or original; exact.
- a close translation
- Accurate; careful; precise; also, attentive; undeviating; strict.
- The patient was kept under close observation.
- (now rare) An enclosed field.
- (UK) A street that ends in a dead end.
- (Scotland) A very narrow alley between two buildings, often overhung by one of the buildings above the ground floor.
- (Scotland) The common staircase in a tenement.
- A cathedral close.
- (law) The interest which one may have in a piece of ground, even though it is not enclosed.
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