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adverb American English pronunciation: close /kloʊs/ 
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comparativecloser
superlativeclosest
  1. 1
    only a short distance away

    She moved closer, trying to hear what Jack was saying.

    close to:

    He clutched his bag close to his chest.

    Mark was standing dangerously close to the edge of the cliff.

    close behind:

    Mary went first, with Jill close behind.

    close together:

    They lay close together on the beach.

    draw/hold someone close (=pull/hold them against your body):

    He drew me close and hugged me tightly.

    close by/close at hand:

    We didn't need to worry because help was close at hand.

  2. 2
    only a short time away

    As the summer grew closer, we started to think about leaving.

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