\ 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

\ 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


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

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Leo Holdings planned to change its name to Chuck E. Cheese Brands Inc. following the deal’s expected close in the second quarter of 2019. Orla Mccaffrey, Dallas News, "Chuck E. Cheese parent company cancels deal to bring Irving chain public," 29 July 2019 But John also knew that since 1967, Indian anthropologists had been enjoying brief, nonviolent excursions, pulling up close in boats and dropping coconuts in the surf. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019 The Pacers lost for the second time in a row Monday at Cox Pavilion, 102-84 to the Detroit Pistons in a game that never drew close in the second half. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers falter in blowout loss to Pistons at Las Vegas summer league," 8 July 2019 The third record high close in as many days also pushed the index closer to breaching the 3,000 mark. Damian J. Troise,, "July 3rd stock market fireworks: Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq set records," 3 July 2019 The third record high close in as many days also pushed the index closer to breaching the 3,000 mark. Washington Post, "S&P 500, Dow industrials and Nasdaq close at record highs," 3 July 2019 The data matches with estimates that U.S. carbon emissions rose last year, breaking with a years long trend of declining emissions as coal power plants steadily close in favor of natural gas, wind and solar energy. James Osborne, Houston Chronicle, "Renewables' share of U.S. energy fell in 2018, EIA says," 1 July 2019 Earlier in the month, Kylie sported a grey dress while Stormi snuggled close in all white. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner and Stormi Webster's Best Matching Moments," 30 June 2019 Legendary Monaco striker Radamel Falcao came close in the 27th minute, his bicycle kick just skimming the side of the net., "Copa América Roundup: Argentina Squeak Through to the Next Round as Colombia Finish Unbeaten," 24 June 2019

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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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