What is the meaning of close up?


  • 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"
  • Block passage through.
    • usage: "obstruct the path"
  • 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"
  • Refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent.
    • usage: "The children shut up when their father approached"


  • Very close.
    • usage: "without my reading glasses I can hardly see things close up"; "even firing at close range he missed"
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APAWordNet. (2010). close up. Retrieved April 22, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/close_up/definitions/1250975
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "close up" http://smartdefine.org/close_up/definitions/1250975 (accessed April 22, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, close up, Smart Define, viewed 22 April, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/close_up/definitions/1250975>.
MLAWordNet. "close up" 23 October 2010. Web. 22 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/close_up/definitions/1250975>