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: a photograph or movie shot taken at close range
: an intimate view or examination of something


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adverb or adjective

: at close range

Examples of close-up in a Sentence

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This is partially because the drama feels so heavy-handed, with the director relying on lots of symbolism, a nonstop brooding score and too many close-ups to convey the anguish and sorrow of her characters. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Feb. 2024 During a rehearsal in an old wooden church, Baldwin pointed the gun at Hutchins, who wanted to get a close-up camera angle of the weapon’s muzzle for a scene to build tension in the movie. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024 Lenny Kravitz was ready for his close-up at the 2024 People’s Choice Awards. Brendan Le, Peoplemag, 19 Feb. 2024 There would be more microphones thrust at them and cameras zooming in for close-ups. Riley Robinson, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Feb. 2024 The couple was rewarded with close-up interactions with Kelce (who chugged a beer off the Lombardi Trophy) and Brittany Mahomes (who ran over to hug young fans). Karin Brulliard, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 There’s one of her really close-up with this blanket around her face, and it’s shot so beautifully in black and white. Laia Garcia-Furtado, Vogue, 14 Feb. 2024 That particular poem is accompanied with a black-and-white close-up of Chalamet in costume during the shoot. Shania Russell,, 11 Feb. 2024 As well as close-ups of the kitchen, the gymnast also posted a wider shot that appeared to show that the kitchen sits off a much larger space with high ceilings, possibly a dining room. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 11 Feb. 2024
Adverb or adjective
Swipe over to see a close-up of the look (and Kali’s abs) in the ‘fit, followed by headlines about her album. Korin Miller, Women's Health, 20 Mar. 2023 One shot features a close-up of the bride, while the final image shows the pair in profile by the sea at sunset. Gawon Bae, CNN, 20 Mar. 2023 The first glimpse was a close-up shot of the tats, while the second showed the tattoo artist and Damon smiling post-ink session. Tracey Harrington McCoy, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2023 She’s introduced in motion and in close-up, during a hallway scuffle shot in a documentary-like style with handheld camera, available light and jumpy editing. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2023 The sequence opens with a close-up shot of Danny struggling to buckle his seatbelt outside of Forsters, a fictional DIY hardware store. Rachel Seo, Variety, 17 Mar. 2023 In the clip Eilish posted on Instagram, she and Dre are seen in extreme close-up discussing something ominous. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 17 Mar. 2023 Whitaker as a director relishes Bassett in close-up, to better study the grooves of her character’s internal life, reflected in her jaw going tight or a tilt of her head up to the sunlight. Vulture, 16 Mar. 2023 The opening panel of the first story is a close-up of a stunning, raven-haired woman, with earrings that (on the third or thirteenth read) turn out to be Thalia and Melpomene, the classical masks of comedy and tragedy. Ed Park, The New York Review of Books, 14 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb Or Adjective

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of close-up was in 1913

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“Close-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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: a photograph or movie shot taken at close range

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