Synonyms of close in English:

close1

Pronunciation: rhymes with ‘dose’

adjective

  • 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
  • 5 not all elderly people have close relatives they might live with
    immediate, direct, near
    not all elderly people have close relatives they might live with
    [Antonyms] distant
  • 7 he bears a close resemblance to our school janitor
    strong, marked, distinct, pronounced
    he bears a close resemblance to our school janitor
    [Antonyms] slight
  • 9 we need to keep a close eye on the project
    vigilant, watchful, keen, alert
  • 11 Woolley placed her under close arrest for mutiny
    carefully guarded, closely guarded, strict, tight

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Synonyms of close in English:

close2

Pronunciation: rhymes with ‘nose’

verb

  • 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
    although unemployment here is still below the national average, the gap is closing
    [Antonyms] widen
  • 5 his arms closed around her
    come together, join, connect, come into contact, unite, form a circle
  • 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
    the factory is to close within two years
    [Antonyms] open

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Phrases

close down

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

Phrases

bring something to a close

he has now brought this series to a close
[Antonyms] start begin open
bring to an endfinishconcludeclosewind upterminatedissolveround off informalwrap up datedput a period to

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