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British English: /ˈkləʊsli/
American English: /ˈkloʊsli/

Translation of closely in French:


  • 1 (in close proximity)
    (follow, look) [literal] [figurative]
    de près
    crowded closely around the painting
    assemblés tout autour de la peinture
    to work closely together
    travailler en étroite collaboration
    closely written
    écrit très serré
    the script was so closely typed that …
    les caractères étaient si serrés que …
    to be closely packed
    (people, boxed items)
    être entassés
    the houses were closely spaced
    il y avait très peu d'espace entre les maisons
  • 2 (not distantly)
    (integrated, coordinated)
    the more closely you look, the more closely it seems to resemble him
    plus on regarde, plus on trouve que la ressemblance est frappante
    which photo fits the rapist most closely?
    quelle photo ressemble le plus au violeur?
    her description closely fits that of the thief
    sa description correspond parfaitement à celle du voleur
    to be closely akin to something
    ressembler beaucoup à quelque chose
    to be closely related
    être étroitement lié
    to à
    (of people)
    être proches parents
  • 3 (rigorously, in detail)
    (study, monitor, observe)
    de près
    avec attention
  • 4 (evenly) See examples: closely contested ou fought to be so closely matched that …
    se suivre de si près que …
  • 5 (near to body)
    de près
    to fit closely
    être très ajusté
    he held her closely to him
    il l'a serrée fort
    closely guarded secret
    secret bien gardé

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