Definition of close
(Entry 1 of 6)
1a : to move so as to bar passage through something Close the gate.
b : to block against entry or passage close a street
c : to deny access to The city closed the beach.
d : to suspend or stop the operations of close school —often used with down They closed down the factory.
2a : to bring to an end or period close an account closed his football career with an outstanding big bowl performance Investigators closed the case after concluding that his death was accidental.
b : to terminate access to (a computer file or program) Remember to save the file before closing it.
c : to conclude discussion or negotiation about The question is closed. also : to consummate (see consummate entry 2 sense 2) by performing something previously agreed close a transfer of real estate title
3a : to bring or bind together the parts or edges of a closed book
b : to reduce to nil closed the distance to the lead racer
c : to fill up (something, such as an opening) close the cracks with plaster of paris
d : to make complete by circling or enveloping or by making continuous close a circuit
1a : to contract, fold, swing, or slide so as to leave no opening The door closed quietly.
b : to cease operation The factory closed down. The stores close at 9 p.m.
2a : to come together : meet The jaws of the vise closed.
b : to draw the free foot up to the supporting foot in dancing
3 : to come to an end or period The services closed with a short prayer.
4 : to enter into or complete an agreement close on a deal
5 : to reduce a gap closed to within two points
6a : to draw near The ship was closing with the island.
b : to engage in a struggle at close quarters : grapple close with the enemy
close one's doorsclose one's eyes toclose ranksclose the door
1 : to refuse admission The nation closed its doors to immigrants.
2 : to go out of business The furniture store closed its doors last week.
: to ignore deliberately Officials closed their eyes to allegations of child abuse at the day care center.
: to unite in a concerted stand especially to meet a challenge The family closed ranks to protect one of their own.
: to be uncompromisingly obstructive closed the door to further negotiation
Definition of close (Entry 2 of 6)
1 : being near in time, space, effect, or degree at close range close to my birthday close to the speed of sound
4a : very precise and attentive to details a close reading a close study
b : marked by fidelity to an original a close copy of an old master
5 : decided or won by a narrow margin a close baseball game
6a : very short or near to the surface a close haircut
b : fitting tightly or exactly a close fit
7 : confined or carefully guarded close quarters close arrest
8 : having little space between items or units a close weave a close grain
9 : hot and stuffy a room with an uncomfortably close atmosphere
10 : difficult to obtain Money is close.
11 : not generous in giving or spending : tight … a close buyer and a good marketer.— W. A. White
12 : having no openings : closed
13 : restricted to a privileged class a close scholarship
b : secretive She could tell us something if she would …. But she was as close as wax.— A. Conan Doyle
15a of a vowel : high sense 13
b : formed with the tongue in a higher position than for the other vowel of a pair Italian has a close and an open e.
16 of punctuation : characterized by liberal use especially of commas
close to homeclose to the boneclose to the vest
: within one's personal interests so that one is strongly affected The speaker's remarks hit close to home.
: within a sensitive or personal area The criticism cut close to the bone.
: in a reserved or cautious manner She tends to keep her opinions close to the vest.
Definition of close (Entry 3 of 6)
: in a close position or manner Don't drive so close to the car in front of you. Look close and tell me what you see. They sat close together on the bench.
Definition of close (Entry 4 of 6)
1a : a coming or bringing to a conclusion at the close of the party
b : a conclusion or end in time or existence : cessation The decade drew to a close.
c : the concluding passage (as of a speech or play) At the close of his speech, he thanked his supporters.
2 : the conclusion of a musical strain or period : cadence Following the close of the symphony, the audience rose and applauded.
3 : the movement of the free foot in dancing toward or into contact with the supporting foot
4 archaic : a hostile encounter
Definition of close (Entry 5 of 6)
Definition of Close (Entry 6 of 6)
Chuck 1940– Charles Thomas Close American painter
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