\ 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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The Huskies were closing in on a 21-17 victory over Nebraska, completing a stretch of four victories in five games against Big Ten competition. Teddy Greenstein,, "All access with Northern Illinois football: Go behind the scenes with new coach Thomas Hammock as he prepares his Huskies — the hard way," 13 Sep. 2019 Canceling the talks also goes against Trump's pledge to withdraw the remaining 13,000 to 14,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan and close U.S. involvement in the conflict that is closing in on 18 years. Author: Jonathan Lemire, Deb Riechmann, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says he called off secret meeting in peace talks with Taliban and Afghan leaders," 8 Sep. 2019 Nadal, though, is closing in on a fourth championship at the US Open and his 19th at all majors, which would move him only within one of Federer’s record for men. Howard Fendrich,, "Rafael Nadal shows his strength in reaching US Open semifinals," 5 Sep. 2019 American star Mikaela Shiffrin is closing in on Hirscher's tally, with 60 wins ahead of the new season, which starts in Solden, Austria in October. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Austrian ski racing great Marcel Hirscher retires," 4 Sep. 2019 Hurricane Dorian is closing in on the Bahamas, where it's expected to bring hurricane-force winds, heavy rainfall and life-threatening storm surge. NBC News, "Hurricane Dorian closes in on Bahamas as 'extremely dangerous' storm," 1 Sep. 2019 Both sides have indicated those talks are closing in on an agreement. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Trump says US will maintain 8,600 troops in Afghanistan after major withdrawal," 29 Aug. 2019 By Thursday night and Friday, Dorian will be closing in on the southeastern Bahamas. Tonya Alanez,, "Tropical Storm Dorian: Florida is in the cone and Puerto Rico is under a hurricane watch," 27 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, the edges are closing in on the species of a rainforest island. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Horrifying Science of the Deforestation Fueling Amazon Fires," 23 Aug. 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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