close-in

adjective
\ 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

verb
\ 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: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of close-in in a Sentence

Verb the eagle closed in on its prey with evening closing in we knew we had to find shelter fairly soon
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And the 27,448 deaths in New York is closing in on the 36,574 U.S. deaths in the Korean War. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "The coronavirus has now killed more Americans than the Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, Afghanistan War, and Iraq War combined," 15 May 2020 More than 300,000 people have now died worldwide as a result of the coronavirus, and the number of global cases is closing in on 4.5 million. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for May 15: China, pandemic, childhood illness, Sen. Burr, stimulus," 15 May 2020 Popular Runyon Canyon, which was ordered closed in March after the initial order following large crowds seen there, will remain closed, as will beaches, Garcetti said. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "First immigrant detainee dies of virus," 8 May 2020 The overall number of cases statewide is closing in on 3,000. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Coronavirus in Oregon (May 7): More than 31,000 businesses get federal stimulus loans," 7 May 2020 The photo ran in a few places, including the New Yorker, as Obama closed in on the presidency six years later. Amy Saltzman, Washington Post, "She was a trusted behind-the-scenes force in Chicago politics. Then she met a young Barack Obama, in whom she saw vast potential.," 6 May 2020 Safety Ricardo Allen was also closing in on the play. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, "SportsDay staffers pick the best plays they’ve ever witnessed: Game-winners, miraculous catches and rare anomalies," 4 May 2020 By the time the Bulls were closing in on their first three-peat in 1993, Jordan had grown tired of being a superstar and all that entailed. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Day 54 without sports 🏀: Michael Jordan's greatest game that didn't count and five other 'Last Dance' takeaways," 4 May 2020 That’s why Alabama coach Nick Saban is closing in on the SEC coach who has produced the most picks in the regular NFL Draft. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Nick Saban nearing SEC record for NFL Draft picks," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of close-in

Adjective

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

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“Close-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/close-in. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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