close suggests keeping a tight grip on one's money and possessions.
folks who are very close when charity calls
niggardly implies giving or spending the very smallest amount possible.
the niggardly amount budgeted for the town library
parsimonious suggests a frugality so extreme as to lead to stinginess.
a parsimonious lifestyle notably lacking in luxuries
penurious implies niggardliness that gives an appearance of actual poverty.
the penurious eccentric bequeathed a fortune
miserly suggests a sordid avariciousness and a morbid pleasure in hoarding.
a miserly couple devoid of social conscience
Examples of close in a Sentence
We had better close the windows; it looks like it's going to rain.
I forgot to close the gate.
She was having trouble closing the drawer. Close the lid on the box tightly.
The door opened and closed so quietly that I didn't notice he had come in the room.
The box's lid closed with a bang.
Remember to close the box of cereal when you're done.
Please close your books and put them under your desks. Close your eyes and go to sleep.
I closed my fists and got ready to fight. Adjective
We're not there yet, but we're getting close.
We stood close together to stay warm.
Christmas is getting closer and will soon be here.
Their daughters are close in age. close in size and shapeAdverb
Don't drive so close to the car in front of you.
He told me to stay close as we walked through the crowd.
The time for a decision is drawing closer.
My teammate came in third, and I finished close behind.
They sat close together at the dinner table. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The spill was first spotted and reported on Thursday around 6:30 a.m. and the 67-mile pipeline was closed, while three skimming vessels worked to recover oil on the surface.—Stepheny Price, Fox News, 21 Nov. 2023 The respective sales will close between December 11 and 21, with multiple lots ending each weekday.—Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 20 Nov. 2023 The mile-long section of freeway between Alameda Street and Santa Fe Avenue has been closed for more than a week, since a massive pallet fire broke out below it on Nov. 11.—Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2023 The show closes with the premiere of part 2 on Dec. 14, told in six episodes.—Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 19 Nov. 2023 The industry hasn't recovered from the mass defection of physical therapists who fled as practices closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.—Mark Kreidler | Kaiser Health News, ABC News, 18 Nov. 2023 In New York, the look-back window closes later this month.—Melinda Newman, Billboard, 18 Nov. 2023 Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters rallied outside Union Station early Friday evening as D.C. police closed the front entrances and directed people entering and leaving the station to use other doors.—Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 Students have used paper and/or electronic lessons -- along with email or phone access to their teachers -- to occupy a portion of their time at home on those days when their campuses were closed.—Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, 8 Nov. 2023
Even though a record number of Americans are expected to travel during the holiday season, experts recommend that dog owners keep their pets out of kennels and other areas, such as dog parks, where infection might be more likely because of crowded conditions and close contact.—Linda Carroll, NBC News, 22 Nov. 2023 The company at the center of the AI mania is due to report earnings Tuesday after markets close.—Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2023 Infectious diseases are spread from close contact with a sick person or surfaces that are contaminated, according to Stacey Rubin Rose, MD, an associate professor of internal medicine and infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.—Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 20 Nov. 2023 Taylor is a tech industry veteran with close ties to Altman; Hurd is a politician who previously served on the OpenAI board.—Will Knight, WIRED, 20 Nov. 2023 When that man — who became a close family friend — was diagnosed with a different type of leukemia years later, Costello stepped up to return the favor.—Wendy Grossman Kantor, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 Nikki Deloach and Ashley Williams first met in an acting class in the early 2000s and have remained close friends throughout the years.—Staff Author, Southern Living, 20 Nov. 2023 In August that the national party wasn’t doing enough, the DNC announced $1.5 million to support Democratic candidates in some of the state’s closest races.—Gary Grumbach, NBC News, 9 Nov. 2023 Related Despite the director’s close connection to her subject, Claire Jeffreys has maintained a filmmaker’s distance — while letting a cast of sources speak to her husband’s long history of musically adventurous, socially aware songwriting.—Thom Duffy, Billboard, 9 Nov. 2023
Germany’s Bundesliga was close behind with 46 injuries, though the numbers were far lower for clubs in Spain, Italy, and France.—Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 20 Nov. 2023 Bud Light is already trying to lure back customers who are boycotting the brand, signing a sponsorship deal with UFC that’s said to be in the $100 million range and working closer with the NFL.—Chris Morris, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 The House Rules Committee meets at 4 p.m. Monday and is expected to hold a procedural vote that would move the government funding legislation out of committee and bring it one step closer from coming to the floor for a formal vote.—Sara Dorn, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Tustin schools close after asbestos is found in the ashes from a large World War II hangar fire.—Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2023 Natural light has a color rendering index rating of 100, so the closer a light can get to that, the better for plants, and this light is at 97.—Helen Bradshaw, Popular Science, 9 Nov. 2023 Upon looking closer at my files, the ’80s were probably one of the most amazing decades of music, because so many different kinds of music were popular, from Herbie Hancock to Thomas Dolby to Barry Manilow to Bananarama.—Steve Knopper, Billboard, 6 Nov. 2023 More than 100 days later, the Disney chief gave an update on how the work stoppage has hit his company as talks with the performers’ union could be progressing closer toward a deal.—Erik Hayden, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Nov. 2023 Juno finally passed close enough to Ganymede—within 650 miles, less than the distance from New York City to Chicago—to take a close look at the chemicals on its surface using its Jovian InfraRed Auroral Mapper (JIRAM).—Popular Science, 8 Nov. 2023
Over the weekend, officers arrested the fourth escapee, bringing the saga to a close.—Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2023 If that price holds by Monday’s market close, Microsoft’s market cap, based on its 7.429 billion shares outstanding, will total $2.82 trillion.—Byrachyl Jones, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 As the official ad comes to a close, a behind-the-scenes shot of the commercial gives a real glimpse of the pair 18 years later.—Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 The 2001 season came to a close with a 38-16 home win over Wyoming, completing a second straight 3-8 season.—Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2023 Even so, its absurdist lunacy acts as a Trojan Horse containing genuinely meaningful sentiments on forgiveness, happiness and bittersweet sorrows — universalities people tend to reflect on as their year comes to a close.—Courtney Howard, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 It is set to be the largest venue of its kind in both Africa and the Arab world and will host symphony, ballet, opera, and philharmonic performances (all of the above are anticipated before 2023 comes to a close).—Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Nov. 2023 As a record-breaking year for travel volume comes to a close, all eyes are on 2024.—Chris Dong, Travel + Leisure, 14 Nov. 2023 As the night came to a close, DJ Twilo blasted Believe by Cher, prompting guests, such as Chelsea Clinton, Lauren Bush Lauren and David Lauren, and Alexandra Lind Rose, among others, to the dance floor to cap off a memorable evening filled with hope and promise.—Maia Torres, Vogue, 10 Nov. 2023 See More
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Verb and Noun (1)
Middle English, from Anglo-French clos-, stem of clore, from Latin claudere to shut, close; perhaps akin to Greek kleiein to close — more at clavicle
Middle English clos, from Anglo-French, from Latin clausus, past participle of claudere — see closeentry 1
Middle English clos, literally, enclosure, from Anglo-French clos, from Latin clausum, from neuter of clausus, past participle