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Idioms for close

Origin of close

before 1050; (noun, adj.) Middle English clos < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin clausus, past participle of claudere to close (cf. clause); (v.) Middle English closen, verbal derivative of the adj. (compare Old English clȳsan, beclȳsan to shut in, enclose, verbal derivative of clūse bar, enclosure < Medieval Latin clūsa, for Latin clausa, feminine of clausus); noun and adj. senses with voiced pronunciation of s are presumably modern deverbal derivatives

synonym study for close

2. Close, shut mean to cause something not to be open. Close suggests blocking an opening or vacant place: to close a breach in a wall. The word shut refers especially to blocking or barring openings intended for entering and leaving: to shut a door, gate, etc., and close can be used in this sense, too: to close a door, gate, etc. 48. See stingy1. 59. See end1.

OTHER WORDS FROM close

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH close

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Example sentences from the Web for closeness

British Dictionary definitions for closeness (1 of 2)

close1
/ (kləʊs) /

adjective

adverb

Derived forms of close

closely, adverbcloseness, noun

Word Origin for close

C13: from Old French clos close, enclosed, from Latin clausus shut up, from claudere to close

British Dictionary definitions for closeness (2 of 2)

close2
/ (kləʊz) /

verb

noun

Derived forms of close

closer, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with closeness

close

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