verb (used with object), closed, clos·ing.
verb (used without object), closed, clos·ing.
adjective, clos·er, clos·est.
- the closing price on a stock.
- the closing prices on an exchange market.
- a narrow entry or alley terminating in a dead end.
- a courtyard enclosed except for one narrow entrance.
- to terminate the operation of; discontinue: to close down an air base because of budget cuts.
- to attempt to control or eliminate: The city must close down drug traffic.
- to approach so as to capture, attack, arrest, etc.: The hoodlums closed in on their victim.
- to surround or envelop so as to entrap: a feeling that the room was closing in upon her.
- to reduce the price of (merchandise) for quick sale: That store is closing out its stock of men's clothing.
- to liquidate or dispose of finally and completely: They closed out their interests after many years in this city.
- to come together in close array; converge: The enemy was closing up on us from both flanks.
- to bring to an end; cease: The company is closing up its overseas operations.
- to become silent or uncommunicative.
- to reduce or eliminate spacing material between (units of set type).
- from close range; in a detailed manner; intimately.
- Nautical. fully raised; at the top of the halyard: an answering pennant flown close up.Compare dip1(def 37).
Origin of close
SYNONYMS FOR close
Examples from the Web for closely
The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) tracks this closely, so here (pdf) for your review is a study the group put out in June.
The name of Barabbas is worth looking at closely, as it makes the story more challenging as well puzzling.The Barabbas Theory of Voting: Bible Story Shows Tough Choices for Midterms|Jay Parini|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once back in his Harlem apartment, he closely monitored his condition, taking his temperature twice a day.Why New York’s Ebola Case Will Hurt Infected Patients Everywhere|Abby Haglage|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The failure of that system to prevent this attack will be closely eyed as the investigation of the attack develops.
But the big question, of course, was how closely Russia watched from afar.Shocked by Ukraine Violence, NATO Prepares to Face Down Putin|Leo Cendrowicz|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He studied her closely and her actions and reactions intrigued him.Play the Game!|Ruth Comfort Mitchell
No one cared too closely to inquire into the sources of wealth.The Chronicles of Newgate, v. 2/2|Arthur Griffiths
Another good precaution is to store bags in an ordinary lard pail or can or other tin vessel having a closely fitting cover.Every Step in Canning|Grace Viall Gray
When it has no footstalk, but is closely united to the trunk.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)|William Kirby
When we examine it closely, we find that in many respects it is the exact reverse of our practice.The Booklover and His Books|Harry Lyman Koopman
British Dictionary definitions for closely (1 of 2)
Derived Formsclosely, adverbcloseness, noun
Word Origin for close
British Dictionary definitions for closely (2 of 2)
- euphemistic to die
- (often foll by to) to ignore
Derived Formscloser, noun
Idioms and Phrases with closely
In addition to the idioms beginning with close
- close at hand
- close but no cigar
- close call
- closed book, a
- closed door
- close down
- close in
- close one's eyes to
- close out
- close ranks
- close shave
- close the books
- close the door on
- close the sale
- close to home
- close up
- at close quarters
- at close range
- behind closed doors
- keep (a close) watch
- near (close) to one's heart
- play one's cards close to one's chest
- sail close to the wind
- too close for comfort
- too close to call