adjective closer, closest
- 1 1.1 (near) the closest bank is in Front Streetel banco más próximo or cercano está en Front Streetat close range o quarters close
tosomething/somebodypróximo or cercanothe closest city to Cambridge aalgo/alguien
dealgo/alguienla ciudad más próxima or cercana a Cambridge
la ciudad que está más cerca de CambridgeExample sentences1.2 that was a close shave o call [colloquial]
se salvó ( or me salvé etc) por un pelo or por los pelos [colloquial]
- A move to the village would give the Duchess her independence while allowing her daughters to be in close proximity to their father.
- A few people, almost invariably working in close proximity to birds, have been infected and become seriously ill.
- It is much smoother and more intimate than the ballroom tango, with the couple's upper bodies close together and lower bodies apart.
estrecho(contact)a close relative
directoun pariente cercanothey are close friendsson muy amigoshis closeest friends and family
son amigos íntimossus amigos y familiares más allegadosthey've always been very closesiempre han sido or (Spain) estado muy unidosa source close to the governmentfuentes allegadas or cercanas al gobiernothey were close collaboratorsmantenían una estrecha colaboraciónExample sentences
- He was close to tears in breaking the news to me over the telephone.
- Specialist poultry breeders are close to ruin because of the current outbreak of foot and mouth disease.
- I had a low point towards the end of last season and that is why I was close to leaving the club, but now I am at my best ever level.
- My close friend and confidante was my cousin Kitty, the closest to me in age and the only other girl.
- I enjoyed living in the country and valued the close friends I made there.
- Little by little however, she seemed to get comfortable with the fact that I wanted to be close and intimate with her.
- 3 (in similarity) it's not the same color but it's a close matchno es el mismo color pero es casi igualhe bears a close resemblance to his brothertiene un gran parecido a or con su hermanothat's the closest thing to a hammer I've got
se parece mucho a su hermanoesto es lo más parecido a un martillo que tengo
- 4 4.1(print)in close order (Military)
apretadoen formación cerrada4.2(argument/reasoning)
fiel(British English) (Sport)
de pases cortosExample sentences4.4
- If the large crowd thought that the first half was a close contest the second half was to be an even closer affair.
- This left the overall result very close, but the winner was Steve Mascari with a total of 31 pts.
- I hope the matches this week are close, competitive and courteous.
- It was slow work, for the trees were close, and in places dense with the bare vines and stalks of undergrowth.
- He pulled out a sheet of thin blue paper covered in close type.
- If the agreement is in writing it may be in very close print on the back of a delivery docket or ticket.
- 6 (careful) to pay close attention to somethingprestar mucha atención a algoto keep a close watch on something/somebodyvigilar algo/a alguien de cercaon closer inspection, I found that …al mirarlo mejor or más de cerca vi que …Example sentences
- The best precautionary measure is close observation of the patient's condition.
- Again, Leonardo used his method of close observation to study how machines work.
- Doctors said she wakened after the surgery and was being kept under close observation.
- 7(contest/finish)it's going to be close
reñidova a estar muy reñidohe finished a close secondllegó en segundo lugar, muy cerca del ganador
- 8 (of weather, atmosphere)Example sentences
- It was in the middle of the afternoon that some people began to notice a change, it began to get close and unseasonably warm.
- As many as 30,000 people are crammed into close, hot and extremely humid quarters.
- At weddings and religious ceremonies where attendees were crowded and when the atmosphere was very close, these "portable air conditioners" were in great demand.
- 9 9.1 (mean, stingy) 9.2 (secretive) to be close
aboutsomethingshe's very close about what she did during the wares muy reacia a hablar de lo que hizo durante la guerraExample sentences
- The third part of the trilogy is being kept a close secret.
- They announced the pregnancy in January after their romance had been kept a close secret.
- And while this was being sorted out, the brotherhood tried to keep the problem a close secret.
- I've been begging her to let me meet you all for quite some time, but she's kept very close about it.
- She was quite close with money, and they often had horrendous arguments about spending.
adverb closer, closest
- 1 1.1 (in position) we must be close by nowya debemos (de) estar cercathe car behind is very close
ya debe faltar pocoel coche de atrás viene muy pegadostay close or you'll get lostno te separes o te perderásto draw/get/come closeacercarsedon't come any closer or I'll screamno te me acerques más o me pongo a gritarclose
tosomething/somebodycercawe are closer to London than to Brighton dealgo/alguienestamos más cerca de Londres que de Brightoncome closer to the windowacércate más a la ventanato hold somebody closeabrazar a alguienthey're following close behindnos siguen de cercaphew, that was close!¡uf, nos salvamos por poco or por los pelos!1.2 (in time) it must be close to suppertimeya casi debe ser la hora de la cenaour birthdays are very closenuestros cumpleaños caen por las mismas fechas or muy cercait's getting close to Christmasse acerca la NavidadExample sentences
- She squealed, as he moved dangerously close to the edge of the pool.
- He just kissed my cheek and pulled me even closer to his chest.
- He smiled and Thomas and I leaned even closer to hear him as his voice dropped with each passing word.
- 2 (in intimacy) the tragedy brought them closer together o to each otherla tragedia los acercó or unió más
- 3 (in approximation) it's not my favorite, but it comes pretty closeno es mi favorito pero casiclose
tosomethingthe temperature is close to …la temperatura es de cerca de or de casi …he must be close to 50debe tener cerca de or casi 50 añosthis production is close to the original
debe andar frisando (en) los 50esta producción es fiel al originalthat's the closest to an apology you'll geteso es lo más parecido a una disculpa que vas a recibirthe industry is close to collapsela industria está al borde de la ruinahe was close to tears
- 6 (in phrases) 6.1close by we live close byvivimos cercawe'll pass close by our housevamos a pasar cerca de nuestra casa6.2close onit must be close on suppertimeya casi debe ser la hora de la cenathere were close on 10,000 presenthabía cerca de or casi 10.000 asistentes6.3close toI've never seen him close tonunca lo he visto de cercaclose to 60,000 attendedasistieron cerca de 60.000 personas6.4close together his eyes are too close togethertiene los ojos demasiado juntosour birthdays are close togethernuestros cumpleaños caen por las mismas fechas or muy cerca6.5close up to look at something close upmirar algo de cerca
- 1 (conclusion, end) to come/draw to a closellegar/acercarse a su finto bring something to a closeponer or dar fin a algohe was born around the close of the 19th centurynació a or hacia finales or fines del siglo XIXat the close of day [literary] at the close of tradingal cierreExample sentences
- The spirited crowd were said to be still dancing the night away when the ball drew to a close at 1 am.
- The incident was brought to a close at midnight when the man came down from the roof.
- The five-year project, which has disrupted many communities in Bradford, will draw to a close at the end of the year.
- If big news breaks after the close of trading, a late trade can land a quick profit - or avoid a big loss.
- Say a customer wanted to find out how many transactions it could run before the close of the stock market on a given day.
- Shares fell around three per cent at the close of trading yesterday.
- They had added an unbeaten 28 for the third wicket by the close.
- No more wickets fell before the close and Jaques ended unbeaten on 67.
- The declaration came with an hour of the fourth day remaining, and England grabbed the big wicket of Graeme Smith before the close.
- 2American English: /kloʊs/ British English: /kləʊs/ 2.1 (in residential area) 2.2 (of cathedral)Example sentences
- She has come a long way from the Aga saga and the cathedral close.
- The museum is in the heart of historic Salisbury, in the cathedral close.
- Stuff like this gives just as much pleasure as a cathedral close or a Regency arcade.
- There were no streets, only avenues, crescents and closes.
- Elsewhere, sober stone houses peek coyly at one and other across cobbled streets and evocative old closes.
- Around every corner lies another close, another lane, the bright sun throwing the rough stone walls into relief.
- 1 1.1(window/book/valve)he closed his mouth/eyes
cerrarcerró la boca/los ojos1.2(pores/gash/gap)1.3 (Electricity)
- In this way, the capsule can open and close an electric circuit depending on the angle at which it is tipped.
- When the charges connect, effectively closing a circuit, electric energy flows along that jagged path.
- An electric circuit seemed to close, and a spark flashed forth.
- I clapped the two sides of my book together to close it, hiding the note within its pages.
- She closed her lips together when swallowing and dabbed her mouth when necessary to clear any excessive spillage from her lips.
- ‘I am,’ said Vilma, closing her diary and folding her arms.
- 2 (block, deny access to)(road/channel/checkpoint)the square is to be closed to traffic
cerrarvan a cerrar la plaza al tráficoto close one's ears to somethinghacer oídos sordos a algoyou shouldn't close your mind to the ideano deberías cerrarte en banda a la idea or rechazar completamente la ideaExample sentences
- If there's a security hole in a piece of software, the hole can be closed or mitigated.
- The authors used a platelet function analyser that timed platelets aggregating into a plug big enough to close a small hole in a membrane.
- The only solution is surgery to close the hole and reinforce the spot.
- 3 3.1 (halt operations) the airport has been closed because of bad weatherhan cerrado el aeropuerto debido al mal tiempo3.2 (terminate, wind up)(shop/branch/file/account)
- For these reasons, it was my decision to advise that the case against her be closed at the screening stage…
- Light refreshments will be served, with the meeting closing at 8pm.
- Refreshments were served by Beatrice and Betty Foster and the meeting closed at 9.30 pm.
- 4 (conclude)(deal)
cerrar(debate/meeting)they closed the concert with …
poner fin ael concierto se cerró con …Example sentences
- I am satisfied that the vendor had satisfied its obligations and was ready to close the transaction.
- If the deal had not been closed by this deadline, the BCC would have invited Erste Bank to negotiations.
- Usually the tourists are attracted by the better rate and find out they have been tricked after the deal has been closed.
- 1 1.1(door/window)the door closed
cerrar(se)la puerta se cerróthe door doesn't close properly her eyes closed and she fell asleepse le cerraron los ojos y se quedó dormida1.2(gap/crack/wound)the darkness closed around him
cerrarsela oscuridad lo envolvió1.3 (fold shut)(flower)his hands closed around my throat
cerrarseme rodeó el cuello con las manosExample sentences
- Looking to the mouth of the alleyway Carl saw the woman in the blue dress climb into the limo and watched as the door closed and the window came down.
- When I heard the door close I moved back farther on the bed to where the pillows were and cried into them.
- In spite of Mrs Major locking all the doors, back and front and closing all the handy windows… they got in.
- 2 2.1 (stop service, trading)(shop/library/museum)at what time do you close? 2.2 (cease operations)
- The pair are campaigning for the reopening of the small police station, which closed to the public several years ago.
- International travel would be stopped, schools closed and large public gatherings banned.
- Most nurseries closed to the public in the winter months.
- 3 3.1 (finish, end) 3.2 (Finance)(prices/shares)3.3
cerraralso: closing present participle(years/remarks/words)in the closing minutes of the game
últimoen los últimos minutos or en los minutos finales del partidoclosing price (Finance)Example sentences
- In closing, a word of thanks for your tireless efforts in keeping us all informed of the latest UFO sightings.
- I do not intend to take my full 10 minutes on this call, but I want to say a few words in closing as we members of the House speak in the third reading.
- In closing, I speculate that writing such a book is an unenviable task; it just invites criticism.
- 4 (approach)acercarseto close
onsomething/somebodyacercarsedefenders were closing on him from all sides aalgo/alguienlos defensas lo estaban cercandoExample sentences
- At this point the battleship King George V was only 200 miles away and closing fast.
- Ten minutes had gone and the Kilkenny boys had yet to threaten the Offaly goal, St Brendanís were closing and closing fast.
- Fergal Lynch, who is closing fast on his maiden century of winners, takes the mount on Gaelic Princess, who is expected to have too much speed for her rivals.
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
- (reduce gap)
- 1verb + adverb 1.1
- 1.1 (engage)
(shop/factory)2verb + adverb 2.1 (cease operations)
(shop/factory)2.2 (cease broadcasting)
terminar la emisión
terminar la emisión
(pursuers/enemy)to close in
cercar algo/a alguienthe police began to close in on them
la policía los empezó a cercar1.2
(winter)night was closing in
estaba oscureciendo or anocheciendoto close in
caía la noche [literary]
caía la noche [literary]
la noche se cernía sobre ellos [literary]1.3 (get shorter)
acortarsethe days were beginning to close in
los días estaban empezando a acortarse
(flower)come on, everybody, close up a bit!
¡vamos, pónganse un poco más juntos!2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1
(enemy)1.2 (conclude deal)
cerrar trato con
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