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Definitions of close

  1. lacking fresh air; " a dusty airless attic"; " the dreadfully close atmosphere"; " hot and stuffy and the air was blue with smoke"
  2. giving or spending with reluctance; " our cheeseparing administration"; " very close ( or near) with his money"; " a penny- pinching miserly old man"
  3. come to a close; " The concert closed with a nocturne by Chopin"
  4. the concluding part of any performance
  5. the last section of a communication; " in conclusion I want to say..."
  6. the temporal end; the concluding time; " the stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell"; " the market was up at the finish"; " they were playing better at the close of the season"
  7. near in time or place or relationship; " as the wedding day drew near"; " stood near the door"; " don't shoot until they come near"; " getting near to the true explanation"; " her mother is always near"; " The end draws nigh"; " the bullet didn't come close"; " don't get too close to the fire"
  8. in an attentive manner; " he remained close on his guard"
  9. marked by fidelity to an original; " a close translation"; " a faithful copy of the portrait"; " a faithful rendering of the observed facts"
  10. rigorously attentive; strict and thorough; " close supervision"; " paid close attention"; " a close study"; " kept a close watch on expenditures"
  11. not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances; " near neighbors"; " in the near future"; " they are near equals"; " his nearest approach to success"; " a very near thing"; " a near hit by the bomb"; " she was near tears"; " she was close to tears"; " had a close call"
  12. at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other; " close to noon"; " how close are we to town?"; " a close formation of ships"
  13. ( of a contest or contestants) evenly matched; " a close contest"; " a close election"; " a tight game"
  14. cease to operate or cause to cease operating; " The owners decided to move and to close the factory"; " My business closes every night at 8 P. M."
  15. come together, as if in an embrace; " Her arms closed around her long lost relative"
  16. fill or stop up; " Can you close the cracks with caulking?"
  17. move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut; " Close the door"; " shut the window"
  18. become closed; " The windows closed with a loud bang"
  19. finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead; " The relief pitcher closed with two runs in the second inning"
  20. complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement; " We closed on the house on Friday"; " They closed the deal on the building"
  21. unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of; " close the circuit"; " close a wound"
  22. bar access to; " Due to the accident, the road had to be closed for several hours"
  23. bring together all the elements or parts of; " Management closed ranks"
  24. draw near; " The probe closed with the space station"
  25. change one's body stance so that the forward shoulder and foot are closer to the intended point of impact
  26. cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer desktop
  27. engage at close quarters; " close with the enemy"
  28. finish or terminate ( meetings, speeches, etc.); " The meeting was closed with a charge by the chairman of the board"
  29. be priced or listed when trading stops; " The stock market closed high this Friday"; " My new stocks closed at $ 59 last night"
  30. close in relevance or relationship; " a close family"; " we are all... in close sympathy with..."; " close kin"; " a close resemblance"
  31. used of hair or haircuts; " a close military haircut"
  32. confined to specific persons; " a close secret"
  33. strictly confined or guarded; " kept under close custody"
  34. of textiles; " a close weave"; " smooth percale with a very tight weave"
  35. To stop, or fill up, as an opening; to shut; as, to close the eyes; to close a door.
  36. To bring to an end or period; to conclude; to complete; to finish; to end; to consummate; as, to close a bargain; to close a course of instruction.
  37. To come or gather around; to inclose; to encompass; to confine.
  38. To end, terminate, or come to a period; as, the debate closed at six o'clock.
  39. To grapple; to engage in hand- to- hand fight.
  40. The manner of shutting; the union of parts; junction.
  41. Conclusion; cessation; ending; end.
  42. The conclusion of a strain of music; cadence.
  43. A double bar marking the end.
  44. A narrow passage leading from a street to a court, and the houses within.
  45. The interest which one may have in a piece of ground, even though it is not inclosed.
  46. Shut fast; closed; tight; as, a close box.
  47. Narrow; confined; as, a close alley; close quarters.
  48. Strictly confined; carefully quarded; as, a close prisoner.
  49. Out of the way observation; secluded; secret; hidden.
  50. Disposed to keep secrets; secretive; reticent.
  51. Having the parts near each other; dense; solid; compact; as applied to bodies; viscous; tenacious; not volatile, as applied to liquids.
  52. Concise; to the point; as, close reasoning.
  53. Short; as, to cut grass or hair close.
  54. Intimate; familiar; confidential.
  55. Nearly equal; almost evenly balanced; as, a close vote.
  56. Difficult to obtain; as, money is close.
  57. Parsimonious; stingy.
  58. Adhering strictly to a standard or original; exact; strict; as, a close translation.
  59. Accurate; careful; precise; also, attentive; undeviating; strict; not wandering; as, a close observer.
  60. In a close manner.
  61. Secretly; darkly.
  62. To bring together the parts of; to consolidate; as, to close the ranks of an army; - often used with up.
  63. An inclosed place; especially, a small field or piece of land surrounded by a wall, hedge, or fence of any kind; - specifically, the precinct of a cathedral or abbey.
  64. Oppressive; without motion or ventilation; causing a feeling of lassitude; - said of the air, weather, etc.
  65. Adjoining; near; either in space; time, or thought; - often followed by to.
  66. Uttered with a relatively contracted opening of the mouth, as certain sounds of e and o in French, Italian, and German; - opposed to open.
  67. To shut; to shut up, as an opening by filling; to join, as an electric circuit; bring together; end.
  68. To come together; shut in; terminate or make an ending; followed by with; grapple with an opponent; to agree.
  69. An inclosed space; the grounds of a cathedral or abbey; an alley; end; cessation.
  70. Having no outlet; confined; without ventilation; shut fast; narrow; secretive; stingy; near, as in time, etc.; intimate; having its parts near each other; compact; fitting snugly; open only to a certain few; restricted by law, as a game season; pronounced with the lips near together; as a close vowel; oppressive; minute; precise.
  71. Near; tightly; narrowly; stingily.
  72. Closely.
  73. Closeness.
  74. Shut up: with no opening: confined, unventilated: narrow: near, in time or place: compact: crowded: hidden: reserved: crafty.
  75. In a close manner: nearly: densely.
  76. An inclosed place: a small inclosed field: a narrow passage of a street.
  77. To make close: to draw together and unite: to finish.
  78. To grow together: to come to an end.
  79. The manner or time of closing: a pause or stop: the end.
  80. The end; conclusion.
  81. An end; conclusion.
  82. An inclosed space.
  83. Confined; narrow; near; hidden.
  84. In a close manner; near.
  85. To shut; come to an end.
  86. To shut; terminate.
  87. To shut; stop; end; terminate; conclude.
  88. To come together; shut; end; terminate.
  89. To join; coalesce; agree; also, to join battle; grapple.
  90. Shut; shut in; confined; secluded; secret; secretive.
  91. Near, or near together; dense; compact.
  92. Trusty; intimate; as, close friends.
  93. Watchful; strict; as, close attention.
  94. Nearly even or equal; as, a close contest.
  95. Avaricious; stingy.
  96. A grapple.
  97. A junction; meeting.
  98. An enclosed place.
  99. A narrow lane or passage.
  100. Shut fast, so as to have no opening; compact; well guarded; without ventilation; stagnant; confined; narrow; near in place or time; very nearly equal; secret; having the quality of secrecy; reserved; intent; attentive; concise; strictly adhering to the original; compressed, as thoughts or words; intimate; accurate; penurious; not liberal.
  101. Closely; nearly; densely; secretly; pressingly. Applied to the weather, warm and damp, cloudy or foggy, or warm and relaxing, occasioning a sense of lassitude and depression. Drawn, as a bird, in a coat of arms, with the wings close, and in a standing posture. Close by, within a little distance; very near.
  102. Conclusion; a grapple in wrestling. To close on or upon, to come to a mutual agreement. To close with, to accede to; to consent or agree to; to come to an agreement with; to unite with. To close with, or to close in with, to join closely; to grapple, as persons in a contest.
  103. An enclosure or place fenced in; the confines of a cathedral or abbey; an entry from a street; a blind alley.
  104. To shut; to make fast; to end; to conclude; to fill up; to unite a gap; to bring nearer together; to confine; to enclose; to unite; to coalesce; to end; to terminate; to grapple.
  105. Shut; having no vent or outlet; confined; compact; solid or dense; concise; brief; very near; private; narrow; crafty; penurious; warm; oppressive, as the weather.
  106. In Scot., a narrow passage or entry; a courtyard; an inclosure.
  107. Closely; nearly; secretly.
  108. To shut; to make fast; to end or finish; to cover; to inclose; to come or bring together; to unite.
  109. Conclusion; end; a pause; cessation.
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Usage examples for close

  1. He came close to her and tried to see her face. – Winding Paths by Gertrude Page
  2. I am glad it is close at hand. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  3. Her arms were tired and hungry to close around her mother. – Mary, Mary by James Stephens Commentator: Padraic Colum
  4. The prison is very close, don't you think? – A Voyage with Captain Dynamite by Charles Edward Rich
  5. It was close on three o'clock. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  6. You were in a close place when you were hurt. – Who Goes There? by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  7. She was close to the child. – The White Wolf and Other Fireside Tales by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  8. And then it was only a bit of a while longer till they came close to the city. – Fairies and Folk of Ireland by William Henry Frost
  9. The boys tried to close with him. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  10. This has been a demnition close call! – The Second Deluge by Garrett P. Serviss
  11. She might live a month, or she might die that very night, but her end was close at hand. – Paul Patoff by F. Marion Crawford
  12. I will close the door when I am going out. – The Irish Fairy Book by Various
  13. Wait, I'll get up and close the window, Mrs. Neugass! – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  14. It is too bad, I shall never dare to close my eyes again." – The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell
  15. I had never been close to a baby before- never! – The Man Thou Gavest by Harriet T. Comstock
  16. He let out- though he was very close- that others had done so, and that the Bank would do nothing. – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  17. Gasiharon, B., to stop up, to close. – The Iroquois Book of Rites by Horatio Hale
  18. Little by little, however, the Miami began to close up. – The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  19. Mildred had heard that he was close about money. – The Price She Paid by David Graham Phillips
  20. Sophia was very close about money matters-" " Surely not with you, Miss Pewsey. – The Mandarin's Fan by Fergus Hume
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