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1close/ˈkloʊz/verb
closesclosedclosing
1close
/ˈkloʊz/
verb
closesclosedclosing
Learner's definition of CLOSE  
◊ The opposite of close is open in every sense except senses 3b and 9.
: to move (a door, window, etc.) so that things cannot pass through an opening : shut
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object]  : to cover the opening of (something) : shut
: to bring together the parts or edges of (something open)
[+ object]
[no object]
   b  : to bring together the edges of (a wound) so that it can heal
[+ object]
[no object]
: to not allow (a road, park, etc.) to be used for a period of time
[+ object]
[no object]
: to stop the services or activities of (a business, school, etc.) for a period of time
[+ object]
[no object]
   b  : to stop the services or activities of (a business, school, etc.) permanently
[+ object]
[no object]
: to end (something)
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object]  : to stop keeping money in (an account at a bank)
[+ object]  : to end the use of (a file, document, or program) on a computer
[+ object]  : to formally accept (an agreement)
— see also close on (below)
10  [no object]  : to reach a specified price or level at the end of the day
11  : to reduce the amount of distance or difference between two things, people, or groups
[+ object]
[no object]

close down

[phrasal verb]
: to permanently stop operating : close
   b  British  : to stop broadcasting from a radio or television station for the day
close down (something) or close (something) down  : to permanently stop the services or activities of (a business, school, etc.)
— see also closedown

close in

[phrasal verb]
: to come or move nearer or closer — often + on

close off

[phrasal verb]
close off (something) or close (something) off 
: to not allow (something) to be used for a period of time : close — sometimes used figuratively

close on

[phrasal verb]
close on (something)US 
: to formally and legally agree to and complete (an important financial arrangement, such as the purchase of a house)
— see also 1close 9 (above)

close out

[phrasal verb]
close out (something) 
US  : to quickly sell (all of a particular type of product in a store) at a lower price
— see also closeout
: to stop keeping money in (a bank account)
: to end (something) in a specified way

close ranks

— see 1rank

close the door on

— see door

close up

[phrasal verb]
: to close and lock all the doors of a building usually for a short period of time
   b  close (something) up or close up (something)  : to close and lock all the doors of (a house, store, etc.)
◊ To close up shop is to go out of business forever or stop performing all services or activities for a period of time.
: to move closer together
of a wound  : to become completely healed
: to become quiet : to stop talking about your thoughts or emotions with other people
close (something) up or close up (something)  : to bring (people or things) closer together

close your doors

— see door

close your eyes to

— see 1eye
2close/ˈkloʊs/adjective
closerclosest
2close
/ˈkloʊs/
adjective
closerclosest
Learner's definition of CLOSE  
: near in space : not far away or distant — often + to
— see also close encounter at 2encounter
: near in time — often + to
not used before a noun  : very similar : almost the same — often + to
not used before a noun  : almost correct
◊ The informal phrase close but no cigar is used to say that a guess was almost correct or that an effort was almost good enough.
— used to say that someone or something has almost reached a particular condition — + to
   b  : almost doing something — + to
— used to say that something bad almost happened
— see also too close for comfort at 1comfort
— used to describe the people you are most directly related to (such as your parents, children, sisters, brothers, etc.)
— compare distant
— used to describe people who know each other very well and care about each other very much — often + to
: connected in a direct way — sometimes used figuratively
10  : very careful, complete, or precise
11 
◊ When you are a close second, there is a small difference between you and the winner.
— used to describe a race, contest, game, etc., in which one person, group, or team defeats the other or is leading the other by only a small amount
12  : very short or near to the skin
13  : fitting tightly : having no extra space
— see also close-fitting
14  : warm in an uncomfortable way : not having enough fresh air

close to home

◊ If something is close to home, it affects you in a strong and personal way.

close to the bone

◊ If something is close to the bone, it is very honest and deals with sensitive issues that can shock people or hurt their feelings.

close to the edge

— see 1edge

close to the mark

— see 1mark

close to your chest

or USclose to the vest
◊ If you hold, keep, or play something close to your chest or close to the vest, you do not tell other people about it.

— closely

adverb,[more closely; most closely]

— closeness

noun,[noncount]
3close/ˈkloʊs/adverb
closerclosest
3close
/ˈkloʊs/
adverb
closerclosest
Learner's definition of CLOSE  
: at or to a short distance or time away

close at hand

: near in time or place

close by

: at a short distance away

close on

British
: almost or nearly

close to

: almost or nearly
British  : from a short distance

close up

orup close
: from a short distance : at close range
— see also close-up

come close

: to almost do something — often + to
: to be similar to something or as good as expected

cut it close

— see 1cut
4close/ˈkloʊz/noun
4close
/ˈkloʊz/
noun
Learner's definition of CLOSE  
[singular]formal
: the end of an activity or a period of time
— see also complimentary close
— compare 5close
5close/ˈkloʊs/noun
pluralcloses
5close
/ˈkloʊs/
noun
pluralcloses
Learner's definition of CLOSE  
[count]British
: the area and buildings that are around a cathedral
: a road that is closed at one end — used in street names
— compare 4close
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