\ˈklōs-ˈin \

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- \

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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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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