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close1 [kləʊs]
adjective
1》 only a short distance away or apart in space or time.
    ↘dense: close print.
    ↘(close to) very near to (being or doing something).
2》 denoting someone who is part of a person's immediate family, typically a parent or sibling.
    ↘on very affectionate or intimate terms.
    ↘(of a connection or resemblance) strong.
3》 (of observation or examination) done carefully and thoroughly.
4》 (of information) carefully guarded: a close secret.
    ↘not willing to give away money or information.
5》 uncomfortably humid or airless.
6》 Phonetics another term for high (sense 7).
adverb so as to be very near; with very little space between.
noun
1》 Brit. a residential street without through access.
2》 Brit. the precinct surrounding a cathedral.
3》 Scottish an entry from the street to a common stairway or to a court at the back of a building.
Phrases
at (or from) close quarters (or range) very or overly close to someone or something.
close-fisted unwilling to spend money; mean.
close-knit (of a group of people) united by strong relationships and common interests.
close-mouthed reticent; discreet.
close-run (of a contest or objective) won or lost by a very small margin.
close-set (of things) having little space in between.
close shave (also close call) informal a narrow escape from danger or disaster.
Derivatives
closely adverb
closeness noun
closish adjective
Origin
ME: from OFr. clos, from L. clausum 'enclosure' and clausus 'closed' (past participle of claudere).
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close2 [kləʊz]
verb
1》 move so as to cover an opening.
2》 (also close something up) bring two parts of (something) together.
    ↘make or become narrower or blocked: she felt her throat close up.
3》 (close on/in on/up on) gradually get nearer to or surround.
    ↘(close with) come near, especially so as to engage with (an enemy force).
    ↘(close in) (of days) get successively shorter with the approach of the winter solstice.
4》 (close around/over) encircle and hold.
5》 bring or come to an end.
    ↘finish speaking or writing.
    ↘satisfactorily conclude (a business transaction).
6》 (often close down/up) (of a business or other organization) cease to be open to the public or in operation.
7》 make (an electric circuit) continuous.
noun
1》 the end of an event or of a period of time or activity: the day drew to a close.
2》 the shutting of a door.
Derivatives
closable adjective
closer noun
closing adjective
Origin
ME: from OFr. clos-, stem of clore, from L. claudere 'to shut'.

English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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