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(Entry 1 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

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of close (Entry 2 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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close

adverb

Synonyms of close (Entry 3 of 5)

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

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close

noun (1)

Synonyms of close (Entry 4 of 5)

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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noun (2)

Synonyms & Antonyms of close (Entry 5 of 5)

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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Frequently Asked Questions About close

How does the adjective close contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of close are miserly, niggardly, parsimonious, penurious, and stingy. While all these words mean "being unwilling or showing unwillingness to share with others," close suggests keeping a tight grip on one's money and possessions.

folks who are very close when charity calls

When can miserly be used instead of close?

The synonyms miserly and close are sometimes interchangeable, but miserly suggests a sordid avariciousness and a morbid pleasure in hoarding.

a miserly couple devoid of social conscience

Where would niggardly be a reasonable alternative to close?

Although the words niggardly and close have much in common, niggardly implies giving or spending the very smallest amount possible.

the niggardly amount budgeted for the town library

In what contexts can parsimonious take the place of close?

While in some cases nearly identical to close, parsimonious suggests a frugality so extreme as to lead to stinginess.

a parsimonious lifestyle notably lacking in luxuries

When is it sensible to use penurious instead of close?

The meanings of penurious and close largely overlap; however, penurious implies niggardliness that gives an appearance of actual poverty.

the penurious eccentric bequeathed a fortune

When could stingy be used to replace close?

In some situations, the words stingy and close are roughly equivalent. However, stingy implies a marked lack of generosity.

a stingy child, not given to sharing

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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 8 Mar. 2021.

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