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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Words nearby close
Example sentences from the Web for closeness
How do they maintain that closeness with this risk over their heads?The Good Wife’s Secret Weapon: Matt Czuchry on Cary Agos’s Terrible, Horrible Year|Kevin Fallon|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Is there something bizarre or abnormal about this type of father-daughter relationship, their closeness?A Sex Addiction Expert Diagnoses Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’|Lizzie Crocker|March 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For a while they became inseparable, but Morrissey never details their closeness.Speed Read: 13 Juiciest Bits From Morrissey’s ‘Autobiography’|Nico Hines|October 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
There is no substitute for unplugged family time and the way it gives relationships and closeness a chance to grow.
She says she was close to the Whittemores, whom she regards as being “like the Kennedys” in their closeness, charisma, and power.How Research into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Turned into an Ugly Fight|Casey Schwartz|July 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
When charcoal fumes were added to the summer closeness the atmosphere became unbearable.Eastern Nights - and Flights|Alan Bott
The atmosphere was dense and warm, and the closeness was not dissipated even by the wind when it came.The Soul of John Brown|Stephen Graham
The closeness of the heat in the gulf had been most oppressive, and the crew were used to seeing me wandering in that airy attire.The Secret Sharer|Joseph Conrad
The weight and closeness of the air had struck even the insects dumb.Where the Blue Begins|Christopher Morley
Her judges, strong and clever men as most of them were, themselves were tired out by the closeness and the duration of the trial.The Story of Rouen|Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
British Dictionary definitions for closeness (1 of 2)
Derived forms of closeclosely, adverbcloseness, noun
Word Origin for close
British Dictionary definitions for closeness (2 of 2)
- euphemistic to die
- (often foll by to) to ignore
Derived forms of closecloser, noun
Idioms and Phrases with closeness
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