close-in

adjective \ ˈklōs-ˈin \
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

Definition of close-in

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

First Known Use of close-in

1945

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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close in

verb \ ˈklōz- \

Definition of close in

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
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

Examples of close in in a Sentence

  1. the eagle closed in on its prey

  2. with evening closing in we knew we had to find shelter fairly soon

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First Known Use of close in

14th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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