:to move so as to bar passage through something
:to block against entry or passage
:to deny access to
- the city closed the beach
:to suspend or stop the operations of
—often used with down
- They closed down the factory.
:to bring to an end or period
- closed his football career with an outstanding big bowl performance
- Investigators closed the case after concluding that his death was accidental.
:to conclude discussion or negotiation about ;
:to consummate (see 2consummate 1) by performing something previously agreed
- close a transfer of real estate title
:to terminate access to (a computer file or program)
- Remember to save the file before closing it.
:to bring or bind together the parts or edges of
:to fill up (something, such as an opening)
- close the cracks with plaster of paris
:to make complete by circling or enveloping or by making continuous
:to reduce to nil
- closed the distance to the lead racer
:to contract, fold, swing, or slide so as to leave no opening
:to cease operation
- the stores close at 9 p.m.
:to draw near
- the ship was closing with the island
:to engage in a struggle at close quarters :grapple
:to come together :meet
- The jaws of the vise closed.
:to draw the free foot up to the supporting foot in dancing
:to enter into or complete an agreement
:to come to an end or period
- the services closed with a short prayer
:to reduce a gap
- closed to within two points
close one's doors
:to refuse admission
- the nation closed its doors to immigrants
:to go out of business
- The furniture store closed its doors last week.
close one's eyes to
:to ignore deliberately
- Officials closed their eyes to allegations of child abuse at the day care center.
:to unite in a concerted stand especially to meet a challenge
- The family closed ranks to protect one of their own.
close the door
:to be uncompromisingly obstructive
- closed the door to further negotiation