\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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Grimmer struck first on hole 5 with an eight-foot birdie putt, which Squires couldn’t match from closer in. James Weber,, "Mariemont grad Will Grimmer continues hot summer with Met golf championship," 1 July 2018 The country music community was reminded about the power of music Tuesday night, as the ninth annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp came to a close in Nashville. Chuck Dauphin, Billboard, "Hillary Scott, Craig Morgan & More Country Stars Make Nashville Dreams Come True at ACM Lifting Lives Camp," 20 June 2018 Gutti played in over 540 games for Real Madrid in a 15-year spell at the club which came to a close in 2010., "Real Murcia President Hints Guti Will Be Named as Zidane's Successor After Turning Down Segunda Club," 9 June 2018 One potential outcome of the Singapore summit, for example, would be an agreement to formally end the Korean War, which sputtered to a close in 1953 with a ceasefire. Don Lee,, "What China wants from a U.S.-North Korea summit — and why it makes Trump nervous," 4 June 2018 The first season of one of this spring’s best dramas comes to a close in an episode that promises another confrontation between Eve (Sandra Oh) and the assassin known as Villanelle (Jodie Comer). Ellen Gray,, "TV picks: 'Fourth Estate,' 'The Americans,' 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,' 'Reverie' and more," 25 May 2018 In addition to that, Epic’s third season of the game was coming to a close in April, ahead of the much anticipated season 4 launch on May 1st. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite made nearly $300 million in the month of April," 24 May 2018 The regime kept voting places open hours past their 6 p.m. closing in a bid to drive up participation. Philip Brian Tabuas,, "Venezuela Votes in a Presidential Election. Enthusiasm Is Absent," 19 May 2018 As the day comes to a close in England, here are the 5 most significant moments worth revisiting from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The 5 Most Memorable Moments from the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018

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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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