Definition of close by
- Don't worry: if anything happens I'll be (standing) close by.
- They're building a school close by.
: to move so as to bar passage through something
: to block against entry or passage
: to deny access to
: a coming or bringing to a conclusion
: a conclusion or end in time or existence : cessation
: the concluding passage (as of a speech or play)
: an enclosed area
: the precinct (see precinct 2a) of a cathedral
: a narrow passage leading from a street to a court and the houses within or to the common stairway of tenements
: having no openings : closed
: confined or carefully guarded
: in a close position or manner
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