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

Synonyms & Antonyms for close-in

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

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 13 Aug. 2022.

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