What is the meaning of close?



  • Move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut.
    • usage: "Close the door"; "shut the window"
  • Become closed.
    • usage: "The windows closed with a loud bang"
  • Cease to operate or cause to cease operating.
    • usage: "The owners decided to move and to close the factory"; "My business closes every night at 8 P. M."; "close up the shop"
  • Finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.. )
    • usage: "The meeting was closed with a charge by the chairman of the board"
  • Come to a close.
    • usage: "The concert closed with a nocturne by Chopin"
  • Complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement.
    • usage: "We closed on the house on Friday"; "They closed the deal on the building"
  • Be priced or listed when trading stops.
    • usage: "The stock market closed high this Friday"; "My new stocks closed at $59 last night"
  • Engage at close quarters.
    • usage: "close with the enemy"
  • Cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer desktop.
  • Change one's body stance so that the forward shoulder and foot are closer to the intended point of impact.
  • Come together, as if in an embrace.
    • usage: "Her arms closed around her long lost relative"
  • Draw near.
    • usage: "The probe closed with the space station"
  • Bring together all the elements or parts of.
    • usage: "Management closed ranks"
  • Bar access to.
    • usage: "Due to the accident, the road had to be closed for several hours"
  • Fill or stop up.
    • usage: "Can you close the cracks with caulking"
  • Unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of.
    • usage: "close the circuit"; "close a wound"; "close a book"; "close up an umbrella"
  • Finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead.
    • usage: "The relief pitcher closed with two runs in the second inning"


  • At or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other.
    • usage: "close to noon"; "how close are we to town"; "a close formation of ships"
  • Close in relevance or relationship.
    • usage: "a close family"; "we are all... In close sympathy with..."; "close kin"; "a close resemblance"
  • Not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances.
    • usage: "near neighbors"; "in the near future"; "they are near equals"; "his nearest approach to success"; "a very near thing"; "a near hit by the bomb"; "she was near tears"; "she was close to tears"; "had a close call"
  • Rigorously attentive; strict and thorough.
    • usage: "close supervision"; "paid close attention"; "a close study"; "kept a close watch on expenditures"
  • Marked by fidelity to an original.
    • usage: "a close translation"; "a faithful copy of the portrait"; "a faithful rendering of the observed facts"
  • Of a contest or contestants. ( evenly matched)
    • usage: "a close contest"; "a close election"; "a tight game"
  • Crowded.
    • usage: "close quarters"
  • Lacking fresh air.
    • usage: "a dusty airless attic"; "the dreadfully close atmosphere"; "hot and stuffy and the air was blue with smoke"
  • Of textiles.
    • usage: "a close weave"; "smooth percale with a very tight weave"
  • Strictly confined or guarded.
    • usage: "kept under close custody"
  • Confined to specific persons.
    • usage: "a close secret"
  • Fitting closely but comfortably.
    • usage: "a close fit"
  • Used of hair or haircuts.
    • usage: "a close military haircut"
  • Giving or spending with reluctance.
    • usage: "our cheeseparing administration"; "very close (or near) with his money"; "a penny-pinching miserly old man"
  • Inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information.
    • usage: "although they knew her whereabouts her friends kept close about it"


  • Near in time or place or relationship.
    • usage: "as the wedding day drew near"; "stood near the door"; "don't shoot until they come near"; "getting near to the true explanation"; "her mother is always near"; "The end draws nigh"; "the bullet didn't come close"; "don't get too close to the fire"
  • In an attentive manner.
    • usage: "he remained close on his guard"
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APAWordNet. (2010). close. Retrieved June 21, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/close/definitions/1170835
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "close" http://smartdefine.org/close/definitions/1170835 (accessed June 21, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, close, Smart Define, viewed 21 June, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/close/definitions/1170835>.
MLAWordNet. "close" 23 October 2010. Web. 21 June 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/close/definitions/1170835>
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