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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. inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information; " although they knew her whereabouts her friends kept close about it"
  14. ( of a contest or contestants) evenly matched; " a close contest"; " a close election"; " a tight game"
  15. 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."
  16. fitting closely but comfortably; " a close fit"
  17. come together, as if in an embrace; " Her arms closed around her long lost relative"
  18. crowded; " close quarters"
  19. fill or stop up; " Can you close the cracks with caulking?"
  20. move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut; " Close the door"; " shut the window"
  21. become closed; " The windows closed with a loud bang"
  22. finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead; " The relief pitcher closed with two runs in the second inning"
  23. complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement; " We closed on the house on Friday"; " They closed the deal on the building"
  24. unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of; " close the circuit"; " close a wound"
  25. bar access to; " Due to the accident, the road had to be closed for several hours"
  26. bring together all the elements or parts of; " Management closed ranks"
  27. draw near; " The probe closed with the space station"
  28. change one's body stance so that the forward shoulder and foot are closer to the intended point of impact
  29. cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer desktop
  30. engage at close quarters; " close with the enemy"
  31. finish or terminate ( meetings, speeches, etc.); " The meeting was closed with a charge by the chairman of the board"
  32. be priced or listed when trading stops; " The stock market closed high this Friday"; " My new stocks closed at $ 59 last night"
  33. close in relevance or relationship; " a close family"; " we are all... in close sympathy with..."; " close kin"; " a close resemblance"
  34. used of hair or haircuts; " a close military haircut"
  35. confined to specific persons; " a close secret"
  36. strictly confined or guarded; " kept under close custody"
  37. of textiles; " a close weave"; " smooth percale with a very tight weave"
  38. To stop, or fill up, as an opening; to shut; as, to close the eyes; to close a door.
  39. 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.
  40. To come or gather around; to inclose; to encompass; to confine.
  41. To come together; to unite or coalesce, as the parts of a wound, or parts separated.
  42. To end, terminate, or come to a period; as, the debate closed at six o'clock.
  43. To grapple; to engage in hand- to- hand fight.
  44. The manner of shutting; the union of parts; junction.
  45. Conclusion; cessation; ending; end.
  46. A grapple in wrestling.
  47. The conclusion of a strain of music; cadence.
  48. A double bar marking the end.
  49. A narrow passage leading from a street to a court, and the houses within.
  50. The interest which one may have in a piece of ground, even though it is not inclosed.
  51. Shut fast; closed; tight; as, a close box.
  52. Narrow; confined; as, a close alley; close quarters.
  53. Strictly confined; carefully quarded; as, a close prisoner.
  54. Out of the way observation; secluded; secret; hidden.
  55. Disposed to keep secrets; secretive; reticent.
  56. Having the parts near each other; dense; solid; compact; as applied to bodies; viscous; tenacious; not volatile, as applied to liquids.
  57. Concise; to the point; as, close reasoning.
  58. Short; as, to cut grass or hair close.
  59. Intimate; familiar; confidential.
  60. Nearly equal; almost evenly balanced; as, a close vote.
  61. Difficult to obtain; as, money is close.
  62. Parsimonious; stingy.
  63. Adhering strictly to a standard or original; exact; strict; as, a close translation.
  64. Accurate; careful; precise; also, attentive; undeviating; strict; not wandering; as, a close observer.
  65. In a close manner.
  66. Secretly; darkly.
  67. To bring together the parts of; to consolidate; as, to close the ranks of an army; - often used with up.
  68. 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.
  69. Oppressive; without motion or ventilation; causing a feeling of lassitude; - said of the air, weather, etc.
  70. Adjoining; near; either in space; time, or thought; - often followed by to.
  71. Uttered with a relatively contracted opening of the mouth, as certain sounds of e and o in French, Italian, and German; - opposed to open.
  72. To shut; to shut up, as an opening by filling; to join, as an electric circuit; bring together; end.
  73. To come together; shut in; terminate or make an ending; followed by with; grapple with an opponent; to agree.
  74. An inclosed space; the grounds of a cathedral or abbey; an alley; end; cessation.
  75. 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.
  76. Near; tightly; narrowly; stingily.
  77. Closely.
  78. Closeness.
  79. Shut up: with no opening: confined, unventilated: narrow: near, in time or place: compact: crowded: hidden: reserved: crafty.
  80. In a close manner: nearly: densely.
  81. An inclosed place: a small inclosed field: a narrow passage of a street.
  82. To make close: to draw together and unite: to finish.
  83. To grow together: to come to an end.
  84. The manner or time of closing: a pause or stop: the end.
  85. The end; conclusion.
  86. An end; conclusion.
  87. An inclosed space.
  88. Confined; narrow; near; hidden.
  89. In a close manner; near.
  90. To shut; come to an end.
  91. To shut; terminate.
  92. To shut; stop; end; terminate; conclude.
  93. To come together; shut; end; terminate.
  94. To join; coalesce; agree; also, to join battle; grapple.
  95. Shut; shut in; confined; secluded; secret; secretive.
  96. Near, or near together; dense; compact.
  97. Trusty; intimate; as, close friends.
  98. Watchful; strict; as, close attention.
  99. Nearly even or equal; as, a close contest.
  100. Avaricious; stingy.
  101. A grapple.
  102. A junction; meeting.
  103. An enclosed place.
  104. A narrow lane or passage.
  105. 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.
  106. 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.
  107. 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.
  108. An enclosure or place fenced in; the confines of a cathedral or abbey; an entry from a street; a blind alley.
  109. 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.
  110. Shut; having no vent or outlet; confined; compact; solid or dense; concise; brief; very near; private; narrow; crafty; penurious; warm; oppressive, as the weather.
  111. In Scot., a narrow passage or entry; a courtyard; an inclosure.
  112. Closely; nearly; secretly.
  113. To shut; to make fast; to end or finish; to cover; to inclose; to come or bring together; to unite.
  114. Conclusion; end; a pause; cessation.
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Antonyms for close

disconnect, abide, disinterested, public, cut out, outlying, farthest, wasting, disjoint, free, continuance, fat, farthermost, outspoken, disassociate, morning, continuation, handsome, false, bug out, get-go, ventilated, open up, communicatory, threshold, reviving, Begone, out front, profligate, porous, out-of-town, hospitable, munificent, clear out, disconnected, bail out, endurance, scarper, airy, refreshed, divorce, roomy, unequal, harsh, disjoined, Unclose, embark, splurging, inaccurate, found, far-off, beginning, open, coarse, dawn, invigorating, furthermost, removed, go off, communicative, aloof, vague, bail, separated, Frittering, kickoff, initiate, prologue, generous, spendthrift, genesis, altruistic, good-hearted, begin, sweet, antisocial, unclear, alpha, start, untrustworthy, persistence, ulterior, establish, away, inaugurate, thick, refreshing, detached, abidance, Dissipating, further, squandering, cool, openhanded, divorced, profuse, commencement, benevolent, inconvenient, prelude, divide, lead off, nonadjacent, distant, broad, break up, cold, incipiency, unplug, continue, preface, Unstop, standoffish, set up, intro, prolusion, innovate, frank, keep up, off the beaten track, long-distance, kick off, get off, inception, durability, Inapproachable, selfless, liberal, tactless, long, outspread, inaccessible, unblock, unselfish, reserved, expand, unstinting, uncouple, indefinite, unavailable, pull out, untrue, round, disjoin, continuity, inexact, pervious, commodious, far-flung, ramify, bighearted, push on, nascency, incipience, commence, remote, introduction, frosty, exordium, untouchable, passable, philanthropic, sever, bounteous, extravagant, openhearted, Unlink, imprecise, penetrable, dubious, compassionate, day one, furthest, farther, spacious, uncrowded, outset, candid, unyoke, ceaselessness, freehanded, lavish, deep, far, unfold, rough, sunder, Proem, overgenerous, unsociable, wasteful, preamble, bracing, honest, incorrect, unrestrained, walk out, unreachable, Unthrifty, introduce, unreliable, magnanimous, decouple, disunite, endure, withdrawn, breezy, separate, humanitarian, baseline, brisk, unfurl, vamoose, utmost, bugger off, unapproachable, greathearted, push off, Outstretch, careless, Perdure, subsistence, continuousness, thriftless, dissever, dig out, dissociate, unattainable, yonder, constitute, foreword, yon, depart, duration, questionable, beneficent, bountiful, blunt, uttermost, unfriendly, nascence, unclog, out-of-the-way, BUG OFF, persist, doubtful, extreme, wrong, clear off, freehearted, unsparing, take off, remain, approximate, unobtainable, extend, faraway, fulsome, loose, launch, permeable, unconfined, wide, kindly, onset, charitable, loosely knit, restorative, prodigal, bide.

Quotes of close

  1. If beef is your idea of 'real food for real people,' you'd better live real close to a real good hospital. – Neal Barnard
  2. I've read a couple of things that I was sort of close to having a nervous breakdown. But I don't think I was. I was very, very tired. It was a really difficult time. – Kate Bush
  3. Israelis can be proud of the vibrant democracy that they have created, and I know that many Rhode Islanders share my deep appreciation for the close friendship between our two nations. – Lincoln Chafee
  4. In the early days of Christianity the exercise of chastity was frequently combined with a close and romantic intimacy of affection between the sexes which shocked austere moralists. – Havelock Ellis
  5. Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing. – Ben Hogan
  6. The West hasn't reached its universal state as yet, although its close to it, but it certainly has evolved out of its warring state phase, which it was in for a couple of centuries. – Samuel P. Huntington
  7. I certainly don't want a child of mine to be famous, or anyone I was very close to who isn't yet... It's the worst thing to be trapped in your house not be able to leave. – Elizabeth Hurley
  8. What you need to do is get that tape measure out, and start measuring that gut. Then you start working out and you start eating properly till that gut gets down close to it was when you were in your 20's. Then you'll find out what your weight should be. – Jack LaLanne
  9. Part of me is afraid to get close to people because I'm afraid that they're going to leave. – Marilyn Manson
  10. Mostly the thought and the verse come inseparably. In my poem Poetics, it's as close as I come to telling how I do it. – Howard Nemerov
  11. There certainly is a good 'Tex Mex' restaurant very close to our office. My office is around 100 yards from it. I call it Tex Mex because every couple of years it's changed hands and changed name, I'm not exactly sure why! – Andrew Oliver
  12. Technology tools such as laptops are the kind of help that we need. A program that provides laptops for all youngsters would close a gap that most of us are not aware of, or will not admit to, which is a tremendous gap in the poor communities. – Major R. Owens
  13. Perhaps, to the uninformed, it may appear unaccountable that a man should be able to retain in his memory such a variety of learning; but the close alliance with each other, of the different branches of science, will explain the difficulty. – Marcus V. Pollio
  14. Have you ever noticed that when you must struggle to hear something, you close your eyes? – Marilyn vos Savant
  15. You do become very close like a family but because you see each other for such an intense period of time on the set everyday. You really don't end up socializing that much. – Sela Ward

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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