close suggests keeping a tight grip on one's money and possessions.
folks who are very close when charity calls
niggardly implies giving or spending the very smallest amount possible.
the niggardly amount budgeted for the town library
parsimonious suggests a frugality so extreme as to lead to stinginess.
a parsimonious lifestyle notably lacking in luxuries
penurious implies niggardliness that gives an appearance of actual poverty.
the penurious eccentric bequeathed a fortune
miserly suggests a sordid avariciousness and a morbid pleasure in hoarding.
a miserly couple devoid of social conscience
Examples of close in a Sentence
We had better close the windows; it looks like it's going to rain.
I forgot to close the gate.
She was having trouble closing the drawer. Close the lid on the box tightly.
The door opened and closed so quietly that I didn't notice he had come in the room.
The box's lid closed with a bang.
Remember to close the box of cereal when you're done.
Please close your books and put them under your desks. Close your eyes and go to sleep.
I closed my fists and got ready to fight. Adjective
We're not there yet, but we're getting close.
We stood close together to stay warm.
Christmas is getting closer and will soon be here.
Their daughters are close in age. close in size and shapeAdverb
Don't drive so close to the car in front of you.
He told me to stay close as we walked through the crowd.
The time for a decision is drawing closer.
My teammate came in third, and I finished close behind.
They sat close together at the dinner table. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Tyson Foods has closed six plants this year that employed about 4,600 workers in total, including a plant in Van Buren and one in North Little Rock.—Democrat- Gazette Staff and Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 30 Nov. 2023 The goal of a follow-up isn’t just to close a sale but to stir up interest through conversation and to keep the customer’s attention.—David Villa, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Disney shares closed unchanged at $92.50 in New York.—Thomas Buckley, Fortune, 30 Nov. 2023 Paste also announced its acquisition of politics site Splinter, which was closed down by G/O Media in 2019.—Simrin Singh, CBS News, 30 Nov. 2023 Fearing that the deal would close before the case was decided, Hall then filed the current lawsuit in Tennessee, seeking a court order to block the sale.—Bill Donahue, Billboard, 30 Nov. 2023 No one was injured in the incident and the clinic had to temporarily close.—Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 30 Nov. 2023 The previous two rounds have closed funding gaps for projects in Rancho Bernardo, City Heights, El Cerrito, downtown, Encanto and San Ysidro.—David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Nov. 2023 The spill was first spotted and reported on Thursday around 6:30 a.m. and the 67-mile pipeline was closed, while three skimming vessels worked to recover oil on the surface.—Stepheny Price, Fox News, 21 Nov. 2023
As the ceremony was coming to a close, Red Sea jury president Lurhmann took the stage.—Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 30 Nov. 2023 That same year, Kissinger did his close Hollywood pal, Paramount chief Robert Evans, a solid.—Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Nov. 2023 Brokered closer ties with China For eight restless years — first as national security adviser, later as secretary of state, and for a time in the middle holding both titles — Kissinger ranged across the breadth of major foreign policy issues.—Nancy Benac, Fortune, 30 Nov. 2023 But his decades of close ties with the ruling Communist Party often brought criticism from pro-democracy activists and dissidents, and the warm sentiments were unlikely to be shared elsewhere in Asia, where Kissinger helped wage secret Vietnam War-era U.S. bombing campaigns in Cambodia and Laos.—Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 30 Nov. 2023 So can meteor bombardments, close encounters with neighboring stars and other disturbances.—CBS News, 30 Nov. 2023 The Doha talks are expected to include David Barnea, chief of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, and senior officials from Qatar, which has close ties to Hamas's political leadership.—Jared Malsin, WSJ, 29 Nov. 2023 Its closest point of approach to IKE was approximately 1,500 yards.—Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 29 Nov. 2023 Even though a record number of Americans are expected to travel during the holiday season, experts recommend that dog owners keep their pets out of kennels and other areas, such as dog parks, where infection might be more likely because of crowded conditions and close contact.—Linda Carroll, NBC News, 22 Nov. 2023
Angie asked her dad if his time with Theresa in the Fantasy Suite brought them closer together.—Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 1 Dec. 2023 The drawers and doors close nicely, and the solid wood frame and butcher block top feel beefier than the price suggests.—Matt Jancer, WIRED, 27 Nov. 2023 Pearl Onions Great for: Stews, braising, roasting, glazing, cocktails
Also known as white cocktail onions, these small onions are larger than a pearl but still quite compact since they're grown close together and harvested early.—Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Nov. 2023 Plus, better tech can bring people closer together and keep everyone connected.—Dalvin Brown, WSJ, 25 Nov. 2023 Wallen led the winners list with 11, Swift was close behind with 10; Drake had five, Zach Bryan and SZA four, and 21 Savage, Bad Bunny, Beyonce and Miley Cyrus all scored three.—William Earl, Variety, 20 Nov. 2023 Germany’s Bundesliga was close behind with 46 injuries, though the numbers were far lower for clubs in Spain, Italy, and France.—Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 20 Nov. 2023 Bud Light is already trying to lure back customers who are boycotting the brand, signing a sponsorship deal with UFC that’s said to be in the $100 million range and working closer with the NFL.—Chris Morris, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 The House Rules Committee meets at 4 p.m. Monday and is expected to hold a procedural vote that would move the government funding legislation out of committee and bring it one step closer from coming to the floor for a formal vote.—Sara Dorn, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023
By Brennan Kilbane December 5, 2023 As 2023 comes to a close, Allure dives into those moments when beauty took center stage this year: the trends, the people, and the technologies that filled our feeds and captured our imaginations.—Brennan Kilbane, Allure, 5 Dec. 2023 As the year winds down to a close, the hits keep coming, as big singles from Victony, Oxlade and P Prime, Minz and Young Jonn have kept the worlds of Afrobeats, Afropop, Afrofusion and genres beyond moving through November.—Heran Mamo, Billboard, 1 Dec. 2023 Although Cyber Week is coming to a close, there are still Black Friday-level Shark vacuum deals at Walmart including this powerful upright model for 61 percent off, this self-emptying robot vacuum marked down by $351, and this must-have handheld design for more than half off.—Bridget Degnan, Peoplemag, 1 Dec. 2023 In order to qualify, distributers need to present provisional distribution strategy and commit to a wide-release — with a flexible definition of that term, given territorial particularities — within a 12-month window following the close of each edition.—Ben Croll, Variety, 30 Nov. 2023 Musk’s portion has ended, the phones came out for pictures, and DealBook has come to a close.—Mia Sato, The Verge, 30 Nov. 2023 On December 2nd the Big Bang / Eminem event brings Fortnite OG to a close, after just one month.—Erik Kain, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 OpenAI couldn’t afford that kind of exodus, bringing the brief revolt against Altman to a close.—Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 24 Nov. 2023 Over the weekend, officers arrested the fourth escapee, bringing the saga to a close.—Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2023 See More
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Verb and Noun (1)
Middle English, from Anglo-French clos-, stem of clore, from Latin claudere to shut, close; perhaps akin to Greek kleiein to close — more at clavicle
Middle English clos, from Anglo-French, from Latin clausus, past participle of claudere — see closeentry 1
Middle English clos, literally, enclosure, from Anglo-French clos, from Latin clausum, from neuter of clausus, past participle