\ ˈklōs-ˈin How to pronounce close-in (audio) \

Definition of close-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : near a center of activity and especially a city close-in suburbs
2 : occurring or designed for use within a narrowly limited area close-in fighting close-in weapons

close in

\ ˈklōz- How to pronounce close in (audio) \
closed in; closing in; closes in

Definition of close in (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to encircle closely and isolate
2 : to enshroud to such an extent as to preclude entrance or exit the airport was closed in by the storm

intransitive verb

1 : to gather in close all around with an oppressing or isolating effect despair closed in on her
2 : to approach to close quarters especially for an attack, raid, or arrest the police closed in
3 : to grow dark the short November day was already closing in— Ellen Glasgow

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Synonyms & Antonyms for close-in

Synonyms: Verb

approach, belly up, close, come up, draw on, near, nigh

Antonyms: Verb

back (up or away), recede, retire, retreat, withdraw

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Examples of close-in in a Sentence


the eagle closed in on its prey with evening closing in we knew we had to find shelter fairly soon

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The deal, which has an equity value of $9.6 billion and is slated to close in the third quarter, would make the nation’s largest owner of local television stations a stronger force in cable programming. ... Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Sinclair Revenue Rises as It Bets Big on Sports," 8 May 2019 Jia left China last summer as the walls began to close in at LeTV and LeEco. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Faraday Future CEO’s long trail of debt is finally catching up to him," 8 Dec. 2018 The all-stock deal is expected to close in early 2019. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "SiriusXM to pay $3.5 billion for Pandora," 24 Sep. 2018 The potential buyer who outbid Bass hasn't been identified yet, but the Los Angeles Times reports that the sale is expected to close in about ten days. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Lance Bass Feels "Used" After Losing Brady Bunch House In Bidding War," 6 Aug. 2018 Restaurateur Keith McNally’s beloved bistro Pastis anchored New York City’s Meatpacking District for nearly 15 years before its doors closed in 2014. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "Pastis Returns! The Buzziest Moments in Its History," 1 May 2019 The petticoat went firmly around my waist, and my blouse, tailor made to measure in India, closed in the front like a corset, its short sleeves tight around my underarms. Meara Sharma, Vogue, "Why I Am Taking the Sari Back to the Street," 30 Apr. 2019 EUROPE BECKONING Leipzig closed in on Champions League qualification and Werder Bremen boosted its hopes of European soccer with wins earlier Saturday. Ciaran Fahey, The Seattle Times, "Dortmund hangs on to beat Mainz 2-1, reclaim Bundesliga lead," 13 Apr. 2019 Now that the Trump administration appears to be closing in on a trade deal with China, and thus hopefully averting a damaging tariff war, the U.S. economy is positioned to grow at 3% to 4% over the next several years. Stephen Moore And Louis Woodhill, WSJ, "The Fed Is a Threat to Growth," 13 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of close-in


1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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