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(1)   Marked by fidelity to an original
"A close translation"
"A faithful copy of the portrait"
"A faithful rendering of the observed facts"
(2)   Rigorously attentive; strict and thorough
"Close supervision"
"Paid close attention"
"A close study"
"Kept a close watch on expenditures"
(3)   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"
(4)   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"
(5)   Close in relevance or relationship
"A close family"
"We are all...in close sympathy with..."
"Close kin"
"A close resemblance"
(6)   Inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information
"Although they knew her whereabouts her friends kept close about it"
(7)   Crowded
"Close quarters"
(8)   (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched
"A close contest"
"A close election"
"A tight game"
(9)   Giving or spending with reluctance
"Our cheeseparing administration"
"Very close (or near) with his money"
"A penny-pinching miserly old man"
(10)   Used of hair or haircuts
"A close military haircut"
(11)   Fitting closely but comfortably
"A close fit"
(12)   Confined to specific persons
"A close secret"
(13)   Strictly confined or guarded
"Kept under close custody"
(14)   Of textiles
"A close weave"
"Smooth percale with a very tight weave"
(15)   Lacking fresh air
"A dusty airless attic"
"The dreadfully close atmosphere"
"Hot and stuffy and the air was blue with smoke"


(16)   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"
(17)   In an attentive manner
"He remained close on his guard"


(18)   The concluding part of any performance
(19)   The last section of a communication
"In conclusion I want to say..."
(20)   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"


(21)   Finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead
"The relief pitcher closed with two runs in the second inning"
(22)   Complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement
"We closed on the house on Friday"
"They closed the deal on the building"
(23)   Move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut
"Close the door"
"Shut the window"
(24)   Become closed
"The windows closed with a loud bang"
(25)   Bar access to
"Due to the accident, the road had to be closed for several hours"
(26)   Change one's body stance so that the forward shoulder and foot are closer to the intended point of impact
(27)   Finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.)
"The meeting was closed with a charge by the chairman of the board"
(28)   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."
"Close up the shop"
(29)   Come to a close
"The concert closed with a nocturne by Chopin"
(30)   Be priced or listed when trading stops
"The stock market closed high this Friday"
"My new stocks closed at $59 last night"


  1. To obstruct (an opening).
  2. To move so that it closes its opening.
    Close the door behind you when you leave.
    Jim was listening to headphones with his eyes closed.
  3. To put an end to.
    close the session
  4. To make (e.g. a gap) smaller.
    The runner in second place is closing the gap on the leader.
  5. To have a vector sum of 0; that is, to form a closed polygon.
  6. To make a sale.
  7. To make the final outs, usually three, of a game.
    He has closed the last two games for his team.

close off, close up, cover, shut, shut off shut end, finish, terminate, wind up, close down
open open begin, commence, initiate, start extend, widen


  1. An end of something.
    We owe them our thanks for bringing the project to a successful close.


  1. At a little distance; near.
    Is your house close?
  2. Intimate; well-loved.
    He is a close friend.
    Of a corporation or other business entity, closely held.
  3. hot, humid.


  1. A street that ends in a dead end.
  2. A very narrow alley between two buildings, often overhung by one of the buildings above the ground floor.
  3. A cathedral close.