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an open space wholly or partly enclosed (as by buildings or walls)
  • a garden in a close at the center of the complex

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1 the stopping of a process or activity
  • at the close of the evening

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2 the last part of a process or action
  • managed to conduct the negotiations to a satisfactory close

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adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of close (Entry 3 of 5)

1 having little space between items or parts
  • the soldiers marched in close formation against the enemy

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2 not being distant in time, space, or significance
  • my birthday is close to Christmas
  • a shopping mall that is very close to the highway
  • these words are close synonyms

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3 showing little difference in the standing of the competitors
  • the election results were so close that the votes had to be recounted

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5 given to keeping one's activities hidden from public observation or knowledge
  • she was as close as a stone when it came to talking about her love life

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7 lacking fresh air
  • a small room with an uncomfortably close atmosphere

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8 meeting the highest standard of accuracy
  • a close analysis of the box-office performance of action movies

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close

adverb

Synonyms of close (Entry 4 of 5)

at, within, or to a short distance or time
  • the stranded passengers drew close for reassurance

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verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of close (Entry 5 of 5)

1 to position (something) so as to prevent passage through an opening
  • be sure to close the gate when you leave

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2 to stop the operations of
  • the merchant will close the store if business doesn't improve

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3 to bring (an event) to a natural or appropriate stopping point
  • we'll close the assembly with the singing of our national anthem

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4 to come to an end
  • the services closed with a short prayer

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5 to come near or nearer
  • the two groups closed with each other from opposite sides of the field

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Adjective

stingy, close, niggardly, parsimonious, penurious, miserly mean being unwilling or showing unwillingness to share with others. stingy implies a marked lack of generosity. a stingy child, not given to sharing 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

Verb

close, end, conclude, finish, complete, terminate mean to bring or come to a stopping point or limit. close usually implies that something has been in some way open as well as unfinished. close a debate end conveys a strong sense of finality. ended his life conclude may imply a formal closing (as of a meeting). the service concluded with a blessing finish may stress completion of a final step in a process. after it is painted, the house will be finished complete implies the removal of all deficiencies or a successful finishing of what has been undertaken. the resolving of this last issue completes the agreement terminate implies the setting of a limit in time or space. your employment terminates after three months

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The first known use of close was in the 13th century

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“Close.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/close. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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