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).
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Idioms for close
- 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
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Example sentences from the Web for close
It’s possible that immunity could be achieved at a level closer to 60 percent.The problem with Trump’s ‘herd mentality’ line isn’t the verbal flub. It’s the mass death.|Philip Bump|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
He blamed China for the pandemic and said he saved many lives by “closing up the country.”Trump, in town hall, says he wouldn’t have done anything differently on pandemic|Colby Itkowitz, Josh Dawsey, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Lowe’s is currently on a hot streak, but the gap is wide, and closing it requires a leader like Ellison with devoted employees, according to Wahba.Lowe’s teams up with Daymond John to diversify its suppliers with a virtual pitch competition|McKenna Moore|September 15, 2020|Fortune
In recent years, summer has brought a season of fear to California, with ever-worsening wildfires closing in.Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration|by Abrahm Lustgarten, photography by Meridith Kohut|September 15, 2020|ProPublica
Big names like Tesla and Apple, which dragged the sector down last week, posted strong rallies, up 3% and 12% respectively as of Monday’s close.Tech sell off was a ‘head fake’ as stocks rebound, say analysts|Anne Sraders|September 14, 2020|Fortune
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 close (1 of 2)
Derived forms of closeclosely, adverbcloseness, noun
Word Origin for close
British Dictionary definitions for close (2 of 2)
- euphemistic to die
- (often foll by to) to ignore
Derived forms of closecloser, noun
Idioms and Phrases with close
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