\ 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

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of close-in in a Sentence

Verb the eagle closed in on its prey with evening closing in we knew we had to find shelter fairly soon
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tropical Storm Dorian was a little stronger on Monday as the small storm closed in on the Lesser Antilles, and a hurricane watch has been issued for one of the islands. Leigh Morgan, al, "Tropical Storm Dorian 2019 path update: Dorian gains strength as concern grows for Puerto Rico and Florida," 26 Aug. 2019 That 50-year milestone will occur as the Soyuz MS-13/59S crew closes in on the International Space Station just a few hours after launch. William Harwood, CBS News, "Crew to make six-hour flight to International Space Station on Apollo 11 anniversary," 20 July 2019 Hundreds are fleeing each day as the SDF closes in on what appears to be the final phase in a monthslong campaign. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Battle to Oust Islamic State Takes Toll on Syrian Civilians," 13 Feb. 2019 The junior from Antioch took a short pass from Tua Tagovailoa that could have just ended in a first down as a South Carolina defender closed in on him. Jon Schultz,, "‘Najee Harris is NOT HUMAN’: Antioch native’s TD for Alabama goes viral," 14 Sep. 2019 As Dorian closed in, more than a quarter-million residents and visitors were ordered to evacuate the Outer Banks, which stick out from the Eastern Seaboard like the sideview mirror on a car. Ben Finley, Anchorage Daily News, "Stranded North Carolinians take stock of Dorian’s damage as storm bands reach Nova Scotia," 7 Sep. 2019 The Cougars cut the deficit to 10 points, and tried to get closer in the waning seconds before Godfrey snagged his INT. Pat Stoetzer,, "College Football: McDaniel enjoys ‘a great day,’ first home win since 2017," 7 Sep. 2019 As water closes in on Southern Louisiana, the state’s ambitious restoration plan is intended to build new land in the bayous and marshes. NBC News, "The Flood: Meet the Press Film Festival with AFI," 6 Sep. 2019 Trish and Ashlynn were closest in age of all the cousins and looked a lot alike. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "'It was just us four': An Indianapolis mom prepares to bury her two teenagers," 5 Sep. 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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