pertaining to or being a procedure used to measure comprehension or text difficulty, in which a person is called upon to supply elements that have been systematically deleted from a text.


a cloze procedure or test.

Origin of cloze

1953; back formation from closure (in the sense “the tendency to fill in missing elements based on past experience”), respelling to make it distinct from close
Can be confusedclose clothes cloze Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cloze

Historical Examples of cloze

  • "Well, mam an' the gals made Wils's weddin' cloze," said Nate reflectively.

  • "I'm doing just what these men are doing here in their cloze," answered Rosenbaum.

  • And then he changes their sootes of cloze across, and out he walks for change of air.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan

  • See 'im uv er Sunday, wid his 'go-ter-meetin'' cloze on, an' dar wan't no bird could totch 'im fur looks.

    Diddie, Dumps & Tot

    Louise-Clarke Pyrnelle

  • I done had my fun, en now I'm a-settin' out yer lettin' my cloze dry.

    Nights With Uncle Remus

    Joel Chandler Harris

Word Origin and History for cloze

1953, in psychological writing, evidently abstracted from the pronunciation of closure.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper