Synonyms of close in English:

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  • 1 the town is located close to Manchester's airport
    near, adjacent, in close proximity, close/near at hand;
    not far from, in the vicinity of, in the neighbourhood of, within reach of, within close range of;
    neighbouring, hard by, adjoining, abutting, alongside, on the doorstep, within sight, within earshot, a stone's throw away;
    accessible, handy, convenient, walkable
    informal within spitting distance, {a hop, a skip, and a jump away}, within sniffing distance
    archaic nigh
    [Antonyms] far, distant, remote
  • 2 flying in close formation
    dense, compact, tight, close-packed, tightly packed, packed, solid, condensed, compressed, concentrated;
    crowded, cramped, crammed, congested, crushed, squeezed, jammed
    [Antonyms] sparse
  • 3 I was close to tears in the dressing room
    on the verge of, near, on the brink of, on the point of, within an ace of, in danger of
  • 4 Essex versus Bedfordshire should be a very close match
    evenly matched, even, well matched;
    neck and neck, side by side, nose to nose, with nothing to choose between them;
    hard-fought, sharply contested, nip and tuck
    [Antonyms] one-sided
  • 5 not all elderly people have close relatives they might live with
    immediate, direct, near
    [Antonyms] distant
  • 6 they became close friends
    intimate, dear, bosom;
    close-knit, inseparable, attached, loving, devoted, faithful, constant;
    special, good, best, fast, firm, valued, treasured, cherished
    North American informal buddy-buddy, palsy-walsy
    [Antonyms] casual
  • 7 he bears a close resemblance to our school janitor
    strong, marked, distinct, pronounced
    [Antonyms] slight
  • 8 a close examination of the language of a text
    careful, detailed, thorough, minute, painstaking, meticulous, assiduous, diligent, rigorous, scrupulous, conscientious, attentive, focused, intent, concentrated, searching, methodical
    [Antonyms] casual
  • 9 we need to keep a close eye on the project
    vigilant, watchful, keen, alert
  • 10 a close translation of a French original
    strict, faithful, exact, precise, literal;
    [Antonyms] loose
  • 11 Woolley placed her under close arrest for mutiny
    carefully guarded, closely guarded, strict, tight
  • 12 he's usually pretty close about his clients' deals
    informal playing one's cards close to one's chest
  • 13 Sylvie was close with money
    [Antonyms] generous
  • 14 the weather was hot and close
    humid, muggy, stuffy, airless, fuggy, heavy, sticky, steamy, clammy, sultry, oppressive, stifling, suffocating, like a Turkish bath, like a sauna;
    [Antonyms] fresh
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  • a small close of semi-detached houses
    street, road, cul-de-sac;
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    Synonyms of close in English:

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  • 1 she closed the door
    fasten, secure, lock, bolt, bar, latch, padlock;
    put up the shutter
    [Antonyms] open, unlock
  • 2 close the hole with a plug of cotton wool
    make airtight, make watertight;
    fill (up), pack, stuff;
    clog (up), choke, obstruct, occlude;
    North American  stopple
    [Antonyms] open, unblock
  • 3 there were a group of aircraft about 130 miles away and closing fast
    catch up, creep up, near, approach, gain on someone, draw nearer/near, get nearer/near, come nearer/near, draw closer/close, get closer/close, come closer/close
  • 4 although unemployment here is still below the national average, the gap is closing
    narrow, lessen, grow/become/make smaller, dwindle, diminish, reduce, shrink, contract, constrict, get/become/make narrower
    archaic straiten
    [Antonyms] widen
  • 5 his arms closed around her
    come together, join, connect, come into contact, unite, form a circle
  • 6 the chairman hastily closed the meeting
    end, bring/come to an end, conclude, finish, terminate, wind up, break off, halt, call a halt to, discontinue, dissolve;
    [Antonyms] open, begin
  • 7 the factory is to close within two years
    cease activity, shut down, close down, cease production, cease operating, come to a halt, cease trading;
    fail, collapse, go out of business, crash, go under, go bankrupt, become insolvent, go into receivership, go into liquidation, be liquidated, be wound up, be closed (down), be shut (down)
    informal fold, flop, go broke, go bump, go to the wall, go bust
    [Antonyms] open
  • 8 it wouldn't be long before he closed a deal with one of the chain stores
    clinch, settle, secure, seal, set the seal on, confirm, guarantee, establish, transact, pull off, bring off/about;
    complete, conclude, fix, agree, finalize, shake hands on
    informal wrap up
  • Phrases

    close down
    the company closed down some years later See (sense 7 of the verb)


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  • a statement was issued at the close of the talks
    [Antonyms] beginning
  • Phrases

    bring something to a close
    he has now brought this series to a close
    [Antonyms] start, begin, open
    bring to an end, finish, conclude, close, wind up, terminate, dissolve;
    round off
    informal wrap up
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