Close meaning

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Being near in space or time.
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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.

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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.

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Being on the brink of.

Close to tears.

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(dated) Parsimonious; stingy.
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Decided by a narrow margin; almost even.

A close election.

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Faithful to the original.

A close copy.

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Bound by mutual interests, loyalties, or affections; intimate.

Close friends.

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Having little or no space between elements or parts; tight and compact.

A close weave.

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Being near the surface; short.

A close haircut.

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Very attentive; rigorous; thorough.

A close reading; close supervision.

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Shut; closed.
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Shut in; enclosed.
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Confining or narrow; crowded.

Close quarters.

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Fitting tightly.

Close garments.

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Warm and humid or stuffy.

Close weather; a close room.

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Confined to specific persons or groups.

A close secret.

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Strictly confined or guarded.

Kept under close custody.

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Secretive; reticent.

Was close about her personal life.

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Giving or spending with reluctance; stingy.

He is known to be close with his money.

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Not easily acquired; scarce.

Money was close.

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Pronounced with the tongue near the palate, as the ee in meet. Used of vowels.
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Marked by more rather than less punctuation, especially commas.
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To move (a door, for example) so that an opening or passage is covered or obstructed; shut.
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To bar access to.

Closed the road for repairs.

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To fill or stop up.

Closed the cracks with plaster.

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To stop the operations of permanently or temporarily.

Closed down the factory.

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To make unavailable for use.

Closed the area to development; closed the database to further changes.

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To bring to an end; terminate.

Close a letter; close a bank account.

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To bring together all the elements or parts of.

Management closed ranks and ostracized the troublemaker.

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To join or unite; bring into contact.

Close a circuit.

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To draw or bind together the edges of.

Close a wound.

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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.
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To complete the final details or negotiations on.

Close a deal.

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To enclose on all sides.
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To become shut.

The door closed quietly.

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To come to an end; finish.

The book closes on a hopeful note.

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To reach an agreement; come to terms.

We close on the house next week.

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To cease operation.

The shop closes at six.

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To be priced or listed at a specified amount when trading ends.

Stocks closed higher on Monday.

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An enclosed place, especially land surrounding or beside a cathedral or other building.
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A narrow way or alley.
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Shut; not open.
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To come together.

My arms closed around the little child.

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To finish a game by protecting a lead. Used of relief pitchers.
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The act of closing.
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A conclusion; a finish.

The meeting came to a close.

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The concluding part of a phrase or theme; a cadence.
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A fight at close quarters.
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Enclosed or enclosing; shut in.
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Confined or confining; narrow.

Close quarters.

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Carefully guarded.

Close custody.

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Shut away from observation; hidden; secluded.
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Secretive; reserved; reticent.
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Miserly; stingy.
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Restricted, as in membership.
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Oppressively warm and stuffy.
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Not readily available.

Credit is close.

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Articulated with the tongue relatively high in the mouth, near the palate.
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With little space between; with the intervening space closing or closed up; near together.
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Having parts or elements near together; compact; dense.

Close marching order, close weave.

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Fitting tightly.

A close coat.

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Near in interests, affection, etc.; intimate; familiar.

A close friend.

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Varying little from the original or model.

A close translation.

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Strict; thorough; careful.

A close search.

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Compactly expressed; concise.

A close description.

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Accurate; logical; precise.

Close reasoning.

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Nearly equal or alike.

Close in age.

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Difficult to resolve or uncertain in outcome.

A close decision.

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In a close manner; very near; closely.
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To bar entrance to or exit from.

To close a street.

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To fill up or stop (an opening)
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To clench (a fist)
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To bind together; unite.

To close forces.

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To bring to an end; finish.
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To stop or suspend the operation of (a school, business, etc.)
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To complete or make final (a sale, agreement, etc.)
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To make stubbornly resistant.

To close one's mind.

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To undergo shutting.

The door closes quietly.

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To come to an end.
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To have its edges become joined together.

The wound has closed.

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To come together.
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To take hold.

Her hand closed on the package.

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To throng closely together.

His friends closed about him.

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To lessen an intervening distance; gain.

Closing on the lead runner.

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To make contact or come close, as in order to begin fighting.
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A closing or being closed.
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The final part or conclusion; end.
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A hand-to-hand encounter.
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An enclosed place, as a farmyard.
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Enclosed grounds around or beside a building.

A cathedral close.

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A narrow street or passageway; also, a dead-end street.
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(1) To finish reading or writing a document. The close function typically saves any changes made to the document and releases the file so it can be used by another application. Contrast with open.
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An enclosed place or tract of land. The visible boundary around an enclosed place or tract of land, consisting of a fence, hedge, wall, or similar structure, or the invisible boundary around an unenclosed place or tract of land. The boundary is “broken” if anyone crosses the boundary without permission or an invitation from the land’s owner. See also breach. The legal interest of one who owns a particular piece of enclosed or unenclosed land. To consummate, conclude, or bring to an end, especially a discussion or negotiation. See also closing.
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(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.
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(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.
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To come or gather around; to enclose; to encompass; to confine.
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(surveying) To have a vector sum of 0; that is, to form a closed polygon.
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We owe them our thanks for bringing the project to a successful close.

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The manner of shutting; the union of parts; junction.
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(music) The conclusion of a strain of music; cadence.
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(music) A double bar marking the end.
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(now rare) Closed, shut.
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Narrow; confined.

A close alley; close quarters.

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At a little distance; near.

Is your house close?

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Intimate; well-loved.
  • (law) Of a corporation or other business entity, closely held.

He is a close friend.

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Oppressive; without motion or ventilation; causing a feeling of lassitude.
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(Ireland, England, Scotland, weather) Hot, humid, with no wind.
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(linguistics, phonetics, of a vowel) Articulated with the tongue body relatively close to the hard palate.
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Strictly confined; carefully guarded.

A close prisoner.

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Spenser.

Her close intent.

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Nearly equal; almost evenly balanced.

A close contest.

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Short.

To cut grass or hair close.

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(archaic) Dense; solid; compact.
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(archaic) Concise; to the point.

Close reasoning.

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(dated) Difficult to obtain.

Money is close.

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Adhering strictly to a standard or original; exact.

A close translation.

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Accurate; careful; precise; also, attentive; undeviating; strict.

The patient was kept under close observation.

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(now rare) An enclosed field.
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(UK) A street that ends in a dead end.
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(Scotland) A very narrow alley between two buildings, often overhung by one of the buildings above the ground floor.
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(Scotland) The common staircase in a tenement.
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A cathedral close.
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(law) The interest which one may have in a piece of ground, even though it is not enclosed.

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Being near in relationship.

Close relatives.

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In a close position or manner; closely.

Stayed close together.

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close the book on
  • To make a final effort regarding (something); bring to a conclusion:.
    Closed the book on her career with a fine performance.
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close to home
  • So as to affect one's feelings or interests:.
    Her comment hit close to home.
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close to the wind
  • At a close angle into the direction from which the wind is blowing:.
    Sailing close to the wind.
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close by
  • Nearby; close at hand.
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close to the wind
  • Heading as closely as possible in the direction from which the wind is blowing.
  • Barely avoiding what is unlawful.
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close down
  • To shut or stop entirely.
  • To settle down (on), as darkness or a fog.
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close in
  • To draw near from various directions, as to cut off escape.
    The wolves closed in for the kill.
  • To surround or confine.
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close out
  • 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.
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close round
  • To encircle; surround.
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close up
  • To draw nearer together.
  • To shut or stop up entirely.
  • To heal, as a wound does.
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Origin of close

  • Middle 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From French clos, from Latin clausum, participle of claudo.

    From Wiktionary