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.
An example of close is to shut the lid on a laptop.
Close to tears.
A close election.
A close copy.
A close weave.
A close haircut.
A close reading; close supervision.
Close weather; a close room.
A close secret.
Kept under close custody.
Was close about her personal life.
He is known to be close with his money.
Money was close.
Closed the road for repairs.
Closed the cracks with plaster.
Closed down the factory.
Closed the area to development; closed the database to further changes.
Close a letter; close a bank account.
Management closed ranks and ostracized the troublemaker.
Close a circuit.
Close a wound.
Close a deal.
The door closed quietly.
The book closes on a hopeful note.
We close on the house next week.
The shop closes at six.
Stocks closed higher on Monday.
My arms closed around the little child.
The meeting came to a close.
Credit is close.
Close marching order, close weave.
A close coat.
A close friend.
A close translation.
A close search.
A close description.
Close in age.
A close decision.
To close a street.
To close forces.
To close one's mind.
The door closes quietly.
The wound has closed.
Her hand closed on the package.
His friends closed about him.
Closing on the lead runner.
A cathedral close.
- 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.
- 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.
A close alley; close quarters.
- (law) Of a corporation or other business entity, closely held.
He is a close friend.
A close prisoner.
Her close intent.
A close contest.
To cut grass or hair close.
Money is close.
A close translation.
The patient was kept under close observation.
Stayed close together.
- To make a final effort regarding (something); bring to a conclusion:.Closed the book on her career with a fine performance.
- So as to affect one's feelings or interests:.Her comment hit close to home.
- At a close angle into the direction from which the wind is blowing:.Sailing close to the wind.
- Nearby; close at hand.
- Heading as closely as possible in the direction from which the wind is blowing.
- Barely avoiding what is unlawful.
- 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 encircle; surround.
- To draw nearer together.
- To shut or stop up entirely.
- To heal, as a wound does.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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”).