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

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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

Verb

the eagle closed in on its prey with evening closing in we knew we had to find shelter fairly soon

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More than 1,200 higher-education institutions have closed in the past few years due to inauspicious economic circumstances eerily evocative of the context in which Yankton found itself back in the ‘80s. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "The College That Became a Prison," 12 July 2019 Lanes were closed after a semi fire at 3:30 a.m. ORIGINAL REPORT: Eastbound Interstate 74 is closed in southeastern Indiana due to a semi-trailer fire early Wednesday, according to Dearborn County dispatchers. Jennifer Edwards Baker, Cincinnati.com, "EB I-74 in Dearborn County is open again after a semi fire," 11 July 2019 The Canal Street Container Depot, an equipment storage site at 25th and Canal streets in Chicago, will close in August, according to Union Pacific. Abdel Jimenez, chicagotribune.com, "Union Pacific closing two facilities, laying off workers in Illinois," 10 July 2019 The museum closed in 2012 and put its collection in storage in Jackson, Mississippi, as leadership contemplated a move. Josefin Dolsten, sun-sentinel.com, "A museum on Southern Jews moves its eclectic 4,000-item collection across state lines," 9 July 2019 Five grocery stores have closed in Birmingham in the past decade, including Western Market, Winn Dixie and Walmart; three major chains have already rejected the city’s request for expansion. Hailey Auglair | Hauglair@al.com, al.com, "New Birmingham law hopes to increase fresh food availability, limit discount stores," 9 July 2019 The two sides appear to be closing in on an agreement in which the U.S. would withdraw its forces in return for a pledge from the Taliban to keep the country from being used as a launch pad for global attacks. Washington Post, "Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West," 10 June 2019 The two sides appear to be closing in on an agreement in which the U.S. would withdraw its forces in return for a pledge from the Taliban to keep the country from being used as a launch pad for global attacks. Fox News, "Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West," 10 June 2019 But Rory McIlroy, also at the Memorial this week, finds another record Woods is closing in on to be even better than winning 15 majors. Houston Mitchell, latimes.com, "Morning Briefing: Dwyane Wade surprises students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas graduation," 3 June 2019

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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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