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close1 British & World English

Only a short distance away or apart in space or time

close2 British & World English

Move so as to cover an opening

close1 English Thesaurus

the town is located close to Manchester's airport

close2 English Thesaurus

she closed the door

close to in close1 British & World English

Very near to (being or doing something)

Close, Glenn British & World English

(1947-), US actress. Notable movies: The Big Chill (1983), Fatal Attraction (1987), and Dangerous Liaisons (1988). Her television work includes the lead role in Damages (2007–2012)

close by British & World English

Very near; nearby

close to British & World English

(Of an amount) almost; very nearly

close-up British & World English

A photograph or film image taken at close range and showing the subject on a large scale

close in British & World English

Come nearer to someone being pursued

close-in British & World English

Only a short distance away

close-run British & World English

Won or lost by a very small margin

close-set British & World English

(Of two or more things) having little space in between

up-close British & World English

At very close range

close shave British & World English

A narrow escape from danger or disaster

come close British & World English

Almost achieve or do

close down British & World English

Cease or cause to cease business or operation, especially permanently

close with British & World English

Come near, especially so as to engage with (an enemy force)

close-down British & World English

A cessation of work or business, especially on a permanent basis

close-knit British & World English

Bound together by strong relationships and common interests

close range British & World English

A short distance between someone or something and a target

close-ratio British & World English

(Of a vehicle’s gearbox) having gear ratios that are set at values which are not very different from each other

close reach British & World English

A situation in sailing in which the wind blows from slightly in front of the beam

close-stool British & World English

A covered chamber pot enclosed in a wooden stool

close ranks British & World English

(Of soldiers or police officers) come closer together in a line

close-coupled British & World English

(Of two parts of a structure) attached or fixed close together

close-cropped British & World English

(Of hair or grass) cut very short

close-fisted British & World English

Unwilling to spend money; mean

close-fitting British & World English

(Of a garment) fitting tightly and showing the contours of the body

close-fought British & World English

Denoting or relating to a contest between evenly matched opponents that is won by only a small margin

close-grained British & World English

Having tightly packed fibres, crystals, or other structural elements

close harmony British & World English

Harmony in which the notes of the chord are close together, typically in vocal music

close-hauled British & World English

(Of a ship) with the sails hauled aft to sail close to the wind

close-minded British & World English

Having or showing rigid opinions or a narrow outlook

close-mouthed British & World English

Reticent; discreet

close-packed British & World English

Arranged or situated very close together

close season British & World English

A period in the year when fishing or the killing of particular game is officially forbidden

close season New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

period when fishing or the killing of game is forbidden

close encounter British & World English

A supposed encounter with a UFO or with aliens

close quarters British & World English

A situation of being very or uncomfortably close to someone or something

close to home British & World English

(Of a remark or topic of discussion) relevant or accurate to the point that one feels uncomfortable or embarrassed

a close thing British & World English

A narrow avoidance of something unpleasant

close the books British & World English

Make no further entries at the end of an accounting period; cease trading

at close quarters British & World English

Very or uncomfortably close to someone or something

complimentary close British & World English

The part of a letter that immediately precedes the writer’s signature, consisting of words such as Sincerely, Cordially, Very truly yours, etc.


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