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 closest
Acting legend talks about what role is closest to her heart.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro had been among those who responded on 9/11, and he had lost some of his closest comrades.
Scheiber inferred that Jarrett “is the closest we have to a human decoder ring” capable of unveiling “the real Barack Obama.”Valerie Jarrett, Obama Consigliere—and Democracy Killer|James Poulos|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And Paul, probably, is the closest thing the party has to a responsible voice on foreign policy.
Perhaps the closest Senate race in the United States is the one pitting Bruce Braley against Joni Ernst in Iowa.The Far-Right Radio Host Who Could Deliver the Senate to the GOP|Ben Jacobs|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The union is the closest possible without destruction of our individuality.Expositions of Holy Scripture|Alexander Maclaren
The closest attention must be paid to the cleaning of feeding-bottles.
They and their men were surprised but not disconcerted, and stood desperately to a slogging match at the closest quarters.The Great Boer War|Arthur Conan Doyle
So that the working is of the closest and most intimate kind.London Lectures of 1907|Annie Besant
As they at all times were his closest companions, he learned to understand them perfectly.Modern Americans|Chester Sanford
British Dictionary definitions for closest (1 of 2)
Derived Formsclosely, adverbcloseness, noun
Word Origin for close
British Dictionary definitions for closest (2 of 2)
- euphemistic to die
- (often foll by to) to ignore
Derived Formscloser, noun
Idioms and Phrases with closest
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