: to move so as to bar passage through something
: to block against entry or passage
: to deny access to
- the city closed the beach
: to suspend or stop the operations of
—often used with down
- They closed down the factory.
: to bring to an end or period
- closed his football career with an outstanding big bowl performance
- Investigators closed the case after concluding that his death was accidental.
: to conclude discussion or negotiation about ;
: to consummate (see 2consummate 2) by performing something previously agreed
- close a transfer of real estate title
: to terminate access to (a computer file or program)
- Remember to save the file before closing it.
: to bring or bind together the parts or edges of
: to fill up (something, such as an opening)
- close the cracks with plaster of paris
: to make complete by circling or enveloping or by making continuous
: to reduce to nil
- closed the distance to the lead racer
: to contract, fold, swing, or slide so as to leave no opening
: to cease operation
- the stores close at 9 p.m.
: to draw near
- the ship was closing with the island
: to engage in a struggle at close quarters : grapple
: to come together : meet
- The jaws of the vise closed.
: to draw the free foot up to the supporting foot in dancing
: to enter into or complete an agreement
: to come to an end or period
- the services closed with a short prayer
: to reduce a gap
- closed to within two points
close one's doors
: to refuse admission
- the nation closed its doors to immigrants
: to go out of business
- The furniture store closed its doors last week.
close one's eyes to
: 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.
close the door
: to be uncompromisingly obstructive
- closed the door to further negotiation