Close - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kləʊz|  American pronunciation of the word close
Brit.  |kləʊz|  British pronunciation of the word close
- the temporal end; the concluding time (syn: conclusion, finale, finis, finish, last)
- the last section of a communication (syn: closing, conclusion, end, ending)
- the concluding part of any performance (syn: finale, finis)
- move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut (syn: shut)
- become closed (syn: shut)
- cease to operate or cause to cease operating (syn: close down, close up, fold, shut down)
- finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.)
- come to a close (syn: conclude)
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- rigorously attentive; strict and thorough
- marked by fidelity to an original (syn: faithful)
- (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched (syn: tight)
- crowded (syn: confining)
- lacking fresh air (syn: airless, stuffy)
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- near in time or place or relationship (syn: near, nigh)
- in an attentive manner (syn: closely, tight)


We had better close the windows; it looks like it's going to rain.

I forgot to close the gate.

She was having trouble closing the drawer.

Close the lid on the box tightly.

The door opened and closed so quietly that I didn't notice he had come in the room.

The box's lid closed with a bang.

Remember to close the box of cereal when you're done.

Please close your books and put them under your desks.

Close your eyes and go to sleep.

I closed my fists and got ready to fight.

We're not there yet, but we're getting close.

We stood close together to stay warm.

Christmas is getting closer and will soon be here.

Their daughters are close in age.

Close in size and shape

Phrasal verbs

close down  — cease to operate or cause to cease operating
close in  — advance or converge on
close up  — cease to operate or cause to cease operating

Word forms

I/you/we/they: close
he/she/it: closes
present participle: closing
past tense: closed
past participle: closed
comparative: closer
superlative: closest
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