Related formshalf-clos·ing, adjectiveself-clos·ing, adjective
Definition for closing (2 of 2)
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).
Origin of close
SYNONYMS FOR close
Examples from the Web for closing
I had a feeling that Turkish authorities were closing their eyes.
The family was taking some private moments for a closing of the coffin in keeping with Chinese ritual.
Both were dead certain “security” had gotten to her and were closing in on us.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But for some of us, while its closing was sad, it was a tempered sadness.The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and Greta Garbo|Felice Picano|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The early reaction to Shami closing his account is similarly alarmed.
The young people gazed after it, till the closing of the great gates at the end of the avenue excluded it from their view.The Flower Basket|Unknown
The lads followed Mr. Welfare into the hall, and after closing and barring the door he led the way to an apartment on the left.In the Days of Washington|William Murray Graydon
It was midday, then, on the tropic seas, and the horizon was closing in with clouds as of blood and vapours of stifling heat.The Manxman|Hall Caine
I also enclose you the copy of a letter from Mr. Barclay, closing his proceedings in our affairs with Morocco.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson|Thomas Jefferson
You have lightened my mind of the cares which threatened to darken my closing days.Mr. Fortescue|William Westall
British Dictionary definitions for closing (1 of 2)
Derived Formsclosely, adverbcloseness, noun
Word Origin for close
British Dictionary definitions for closing (2 of 2)
- euphemistic to die
- (often foll by to) to ignore
Derived Formscloser, noun
Culture definitions for closing
Usually applied to real estate transactions, it refers to delivery of the deed of ownership from the owner to the buyer in return for full payment.
Idioms and Phrases with closing
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