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/ klEUs; klos/ adj (-r, -st) 1 [pred ] ~ (to sb/sth); ~ (together) near in space or time : This station is our closest, ie the nearest one to our home. . * The church is close to the school. . * The two buildings are close together. . * The children are close to each other in age. . * Their birthdays are very close together. . 2 (a) near in relationship : a close relative . (b) ~ (to sb) intimate; dear ; : a close friend * She is very close to her father/She and her father are very close. . 3 to a high degree ; : in close proximity, ie almost touching * There's a close resemblance/similarity, ie They are very alike. []. 4 with little or no space between; dense; compact ; ; : material with a close texture * The soldiers advanced in close formation. . 5 (of a competition, game, etc) in which the competitors are almost equal , , , , : a close contest, match, election, etc * a close finish * The game was closer than the score suggests. . 6 [attrib ] careful; thorough; detailed ; ; : On closer examination the painting proved to be a fake. , . * pay close attention to sth * close reasoning, ie showing each step clearly * a close (ie exact) translation . 7 [attrib ] strict; rigorous ; : in close confinement * be (kept) under close arrest, ie carefully guarded * keep sth a close secret . 8 (a) (of the weather) humid; oppressive; heavy , , : It's very close and thundery today. . (b) (of a room) without fresh air; stuffy , : a close atmosphere * Open a window it's very close in here. --. 9 (phonetics ) (of vowels) pronounced with the tongue raised close to the roof of the mouth  : The English vowels/ i:/ and/ u:/ are close. / i://u:/. 10 [pred ] secretive; reticent ; : be close about sth . 11 [pred ] mean; stingy ; : He's very close with his money. . 12 near to the surface; very short ; : A new razor gives a close shave. . 13 (idm ) at ,close `quarters very near : fighting at close quarters . a ,close `call (infml ) almost an accident, a disaster or a failure : We didn't actually hit the other car, but it was a close call. , . a ,close `shave situation in which one only just manages to escape an accident, a disaster, etc ; ; . a close/near thing => thing. close to/near the bone => bone. close/dear/near to sb's heart => heart. close/near to home => home1. hold/keep one's cards close to one's chest => card1. keep a close `eye/`watch on sb/sth watch sb/sth carefully []. keep/lie `close stay hidden; not show oneself ; : He decided to lie close for a while. .
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/ klEUs; klos/ adv 1 leaving little space between; in a close position ; : They live quite close. . * hold sb close, ie embrace sb tightly * follow close behind sb * She stood close (up) against the wall. . 2 (idm ) close `by (sb/sth) at a short distance (from sb/sth) []. close on almost; nearly ; : She is ,close on `sixty. . * It's ,close on `midnight. . close up (to sb/sth) very near in space to sb/sth []: She snuggled close up to him. . run sb/sth `close be nearly as good, fast, successful, etc as sb/sth else [] : We run our competitors close for price and quality. , . sail close/near to the wind => sail.
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/ klEUs; klos/ n 1 (esp in street names ) street closed off at one end; cul-de-sac ; ; : Brookside Close . 2 grounds and buildings surrounding and belonging to a cathedral, an abbey, etc .
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/ klEUz; kloz/ v 1 [I, Tn] (cause sth to) move so as to cover an opening; shut , : The door closed quietly. . * This box/The lid of this box doesn't close properly, ie The lid doesn't fit. []. * close a door, a window, the curtains, etc * If you close your eyes, you can't see anything. , . 2 [I, Tn, Tn.pr] ~ sth (to sb/sth) be or declare sth to be not open ; : The shops close (ie stop trading) at 5.30. 530. * Wednesday is early-`closing day, ie the day when the shops are not open in the afternoon. . * The theatres have closed for the summer. . * The museum is closed (to visitors) on Sundays. . * This road is closed to motor vehicles. . 3 [I, Ipr, Tn, Tn.pr] (cause sth to) come to an end : The closing (ie last) day/date for applications is 1 May. []51. * The speaker closed (the meeting) with a word of thanks to the chairman. , . * As far as I am concerned the matter is closed, ie will not be discussed further. , . * Steel shares closed at 15, ie This was their value at the end of the day's business on the Stock Exchange. 15. =>Usage . 4 [I, Tn] (cause sth to) become smaller or narrower : The gap between the two runners is beginning to close, ie One runner is catching the other up. . 5 (idm ) a closed `book (to sb) subject about which one knows nothing : Nuclear physics is a closed book to most of us. . be,hind closed `doors without the public being allowed to attend; in private ; : The meeting was held behind closed doors. . close a `deal (with sb) agree to the terms of a business agreement ; . close one's `eyes to sth ignore sth ; ; : The Government seems to be closing its eyes to the plight of the unemployed. . close one's `mind to sth be unwilling to think about sth seriously ; . close (the/one's) `ranks (a) (of soldiers) come closer together in a line or lines , . (b) (of members of a group) forget disagreements and unite in order to protect or defend common interests , : In times of crisis party members should close ranks. , . shut/close one's eyes to sth => eye1. with one's eyes shut/closed => eye1. 6 (phr v) close around/round/over sb/sth surround and enclose or grip sb/sth []: His hand closed over the money. . * She felt his arms close tightly around her. .
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/ klEUz; kloz/ n [sing] 1 end of a period of time or an activity , , : at the close of the day * towards the close of the 17th century 17 * The day had reached its close. . * at close of play, ie at the end of the day's play in a cricket match . 2 (idm ) bring sth/come/draw to a `close end or conclude sth : The ceremony was brought to a close by the singing of the national anthem. .
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NOTE ON USAGE : Generally, close means the same as shut and is more formal *closeshut, : Shut/Close the door! ! * The box won't shut/close. . When referring to the opening hours of public places, both shut and close are used , shutclose: Shops/Offices shut/close at 5.30. []530[]. Note closed in the following example closed: Museums are closed to the public on Mondays. . Close can mean `terminate' and `make smaller' *close`'`': The meeting was closed after the demonstrators interrupted it. . * Some politicians aim at closing the gap between rich and poor. . It is also used of roads, railways, etc : They've closed the road because of an accident. . Lock means to close a door, box, suitcase, etc and fasten it with a lock and key. *lock , .
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/ klEUz; kloz/ v 1 [I, Tn] (cause sth to) move so as to cover an opening; shut , : The door closed quietly. . * This box/The lid of this box doesn't close properly, ie The lid doesn't fit. []. * close a door, a window, the curtains, etc * If you close your eyes, you can't see anything. , . 2 [I, Tn, Tn.pr] ~ sth (to sb/sth) be or declare sth to be not open ; : The shops close (ie stop trading) at 5.30. 530. * Wednesday is early-`closing day, ie the day when the shops are not open in the afternoon. . * The theatres have closed for the summer. . * The museum is closed (to visitors) on Sundays. . * This road is closed to motor vehicles. . 3 [I, Ipr, Tn, Tn.pr] (cause sth to) come to an end : The closing (ie last) day/date for applications is 1 May. []51. * The speaker closed (the meeting) with a word of thanks to the chairman. , . * As far as I am concerned the matter is closed, ie will not be discussed further. , . * Steel shares closed at 15, ie This was their value at the end of the day's business on the Stock Exchange. 15. =>Usage . 4 [I, Tn] (cause sth to) become smaller or narrower : The gap between the two runners is beginning to close, ie One runner is catching the other up. . 5 (idm ) a closed `book (to sb) subject about which one knows nothing : Nuclear physics is a closed book to most of us. . be,hind closed `doors without the public being allowed to attend; in private ; : The meeting was held behind closed doors. . close a `deal (with sb) agree to the terms of a business agreement ; . close one's `eyes to sth ignore sth ; ; : The Government seems to be closing its eyes to the plight of the unemployed. . close one's `mind to sth be unwilling to think about sth seriously ; . close (the/one's) `ranks (a) (of soldiers) come closer together in a line or lines , . (b) (of members of a group) forget disagreements and unite in order to protect or defend common interests , : In times of crisis party members should close ranks. , . shut/close one's eyes to sth => eye1. with one's eyes shut/closed => eye1. 6 (phr v) close around/round/over sb/sth surround and enclose or grip sb/sth []: His hand closed over the money. . * She felt his arms close tightly around her. .
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/ klEUs; klos/ n 1 (esp in street names ) street closed off at one end; cul-de-sac ; ; : Brookside Close . 2 grounds and buildings surrounding and belonging to a cathedral, an abbey, etc .
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/ klEUs; klos/ adv 1 leaving little space between; in a close position ; : They live quite close. . * hold sb close, ie embrace sb tightly * follow close behind sb * She stood close (up) against the wall. . 2 (idm ) close `by (sb/sth) at a short distance (from sb/sth) []. close on almost; nearly ; : She is ,close on `sixty. . * It's ,close on `midnight. . close up (to sb/sth) very near in space to sb/sth []: She snuggled close up to him. . run sb/sth `close be nearly as good, fast, successful, etc as sb/sth else [] : We run our competitors close for price and quality. , . sail close/near to the wind => sail.
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