close meaning

[ kləuz ] Pronunciation:   "close" in a sentence
  • Verb: close  klowz
    1. Move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut
      "Close the door"
    Adjective: close (closer,closest)  klows
    1. At or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other
      "close to noon"; "how close are we to town?"; "a close formation of ships" 
    2. Close in relevance or relationship
      "a close family"; "we are all...in close sympathy with..."; "close kin"; "a close resemblance" 
    3. Not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances
      "she was close to tears"; "had a close call"
      - near, nigh 
    4. Rigorously attentive; strict and thorough
      "close supervision"; "paid close attention"; "a close study"; "kept a close watch on expenditures" 
    5. Marked by fidelity to an original
      "a close translation"
      - faithful 
    6. (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched
      "a close contest"; "a close election"
      - tight 
    7. Crowded
      "close quarters"
      - confining 
    8. Lacking fresh air
      "the dreadfully close atmosphere"
      - airless, stuffy, unaired 
    9. Of textiles
      "a close weave"
      - tight 
    10. Strictly confined or guarded
      "kept under close custody" 
    11. Confined to specific persons
      "a close secret" 
    12. Fitting closely but comfortably
      "a close fit"
      - snug, close-fitting 
    13. Used of hair or haircuts
      "a close military haircut" 
    14. Giving or spending with reluctance
      "very close with his money"
      - cheeseparing, near, penny-pinching, skinny 
    15. Inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information
      "although they knew her whereabouts her friends kept close about it"
      - closelipped, closemouthed, secretive, tightlipped
    Adverb: close  klows
    1. Near in time or place or relationship
      "the bullet didn't come close"; "don't get too close to the fire"
      - near, nigh 
    2. In an attentive manner
      "he remained close on his guard"
      - closely, tight
    Noun: close  klowz
    1. The temporal end; the concluding time
      "they were playing better at the close of the season"
      - stopping point, finale, finis, finish, last, conclusion 
    2. The last section of a communication
      - conclusion, end, closing, ending 
    3. The concluding part of any performance
      - finale, closing curtain, finis

    Derived forms: closing, closed, closes, closer, closest

    See also: accurate, adjacent, adpressed, ambient, appressed, approximate, at hand, boon, buddy-buddy, careful, chummy, circumferent, close at hand, close set, close together, close-hauled, close-knit, closely, closely knit, closeness, closer, close-set, closing, closure, confidential, confined, contiguous, cosy [Brit, Cdn], cozy [N. Amer], dear, distance, encompassing, enveloping, equal, familiar, fine, good, hand-to-hand, hot, immediate, imminent, impendent, impending, incommunicative, intimate, juxtaposed, near, nearby, nestled, next, private, proximate, restrained, scalelike, short, shoulder-to-shoulder, side by side, snuggled, stingy, surrounding, thick, tight, uncommunicative, ungenerous, unventilated, walking, walk-to, warm

    Type of: approach, bar, barricade, block, block off, block up, blockade, bring together, cease, change state, come near, come on, complete, draw close, draw near, end, ending, engage, fill, finish, finishing, go up, join, move, near, prosecute, pursue, section, stop, subdivision, terminate, trade, turn

    Antonym: distant, open

    Part of: address, narration, recital, speech, yarn

    Encyclopedia: Close Close, Glenn

  • [Architecture]

    An enclosed space around or at the side of a building; esp. the neighborhood of a cathedral.


    A narrow lane leading from a street.

  • [Business]
    AmE / verb, noun


    1 [+ obj or no obj]

    (about a shop/store, business, etc.) to finish business for the day; to not be open for people to use:

    What time do the banks close?

    The storm closed the airport.


    2 [+ obj or no obj]

    if a company, shop/store, etc. closes, or if you close it, it stops operating as a business:

    Four of the manufacturer's plants are to close.

    The retailer said it would close 12 stores and cut 2 000 jobs.

    The factory has closed its doors for the last time.


    3 [+ obj]

    to end an activity or event:

    I took out all my money and closed my account.

    The company closes its books (= completes its financial records) on a quarterly basis.

    The commission has closed its investigation into the company's finances.


    4 [+ obj or no obj]

    to stop a computer program that has been running; to stop operating:

    Click on the 'X' in the top right-hand corner to close the window.


    5 [no obj]

    if shares, currencies, etc. close at a particular price, they are worth that amount when people stop trading them at the beginning of the day:

    a closing price of €19 a share

    The shares closed at $3.67.

    Shares in Toshiba closed down 1.11 per cent.


    6 [+ obj or no obj]

    to agree to sth after having discussed it for a period of time; to be agreed:

    The company is only days away from closing the deal.

    We hope the deal will close on Friday.

    7 [+ obj or no obj]

    if a meeting closes or sb closes it, it ends:

    The meeting closed at 5.30.


    8 [+ obj]

    to make it impossible for goods, people, etc. to come through:

    Neighbouring countries have closed their borders.


    9 (Stock Exchange ) [+ obj] close (out/off) sth

    to sell all the shares in a particular collection, or to buy back shares you have borrowed and sold in order to return the shares, resulting in a final profit or loss:

    Many investors closed out their positions ahead of the New Year's holidays.

    COVER verb (6)


    close down; close sth down

    if a company, shop/store, etc. closes down, or if you close it down, it stops operating as a business:

    The company is closing down two of its manufacturing plants.


    close sth out (AmE)

    to sell goods very cheaply in order to get rid of them quickly

    noun [C, usually sing.]


    the end of the day of trading, especially on a stock exchange; the price of a share, bond, etc. at this time:

    By the close of London trading, Wall Street was up 9.78 points.

    The index was 5.6% higher at the close.

    The share price has dropped below its €95 close on Monday.


    a flat/low/weak close

    ◆ a firm/high/strong close

  • [Finance]
    The close is the period at the end of the trading session. Sometimes used to refer to closing price. Related: Opening.

  • [Law]
    Land that is enclosed.


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  1. police kept a close watch on the vagrants.
  2. we must not run a newspaper behind closed doors.
  3. the evening was closing down tranquilly.
  4. museums are closed to the public on mondays.
  5. they'll close it up next spring.

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