Variant of close
- 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 (ē) in eat
- 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: ME clos < OFr < L clausus, pp. of claudere (see close); senses under II from notion “with spaces or intervals closed up”
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