close to


: almost or nearly
They spent close to half a million dollars on the project.
Our company employs close to a thousand workers.
I haven't seen her in close to a year.
British : from a short distance : close up
She's even more beautiful when seen close to.

Examples of close to in a Sentence

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“Close to.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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