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adjective American English pronunciation: close /kloʊs/ 
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adjectiveclose
comparativecloser
superlativeclosest
  1. 1
    only a short distance away, or separated by only a short distance

    We can walk to the mall – it's very close.

    close to:

    The hotel is close to the historical district.

    close together:

    He had a cruel face with eyes that were too close together.

    close proximity:

    The neighborhood is in close proximity to a huge shopping center.

    at close quarters/range:

    He had observed President Roosevelt at close quarters and absorbed many of his techniques.

    close work (=done only a short distance from your eyes):

    I only need my glasses for close work such as sewing.

  2. 2
    only a short time away, or separated by only a short time
    close to:

    You can't go to the party; it's too close to your exam.

    close together:

    The two festivals are very close together in May.

  3. 3
    likely to happen soon or to do something soon

    Everyone believes that a peace deal is close.

    close to tears/collapse/death:

    By the end of the race he was close to collapse.

    close to doing something:

    We're closer to signing a contract after today's meeting.

  4. 4
    careful and involving attention to every detail

    I'll take a closer look at your homework tomorrow.

    close scrutiny/examination/inspection:

    Fowler's research has come under close scrutiny.

    keep a close eye/watch on:

    The local police kept a close eye on his activities.

  5. 5
    similar to someone or something else but not exactly the same

    That's not exactly the color I want, but it's close.

    close to:

    The sensation is close to the feeling of floating.

    bear a close resemblance to someone/something:

    She bears a close resemblance to her mother.

    the closest (thing) to something:

    That's the closest thing to an apology you're going to get from Drew.

  6. 6
    connected by shared interests and shared feelings such as love and respect

    My brother and I are very close.

    Jamal and I have been close friends since we were six.

    close to:

    She's close to both her parents.

    1. a.
      used about relationships

      close family ties

      a close personal relationship

  7. 8
    directly involved with someone and communicating with them a lot, especially as part of your job

    a close business associate

    close to:

    Sources close to the CEO say he is ready to make a deal.

    1. a.
      used about activities or relationships

      We've always worked in close cooperation with the FBI.

      in close contact/touch (with someone):

      We don't share an office any more, but we still keep in close contact.

  8. 9
    spoken nearly correct

    "I'd say you were about 35." "You're close! I'm 37."

  9. 10
    if something is close to a particular amount, number, level, etc., it is almost that amount, number, level, etc.
    close to:

    Unemployment on the island is close to 12 percent.

  10. 11
    won or settled by only a few points, votes, etc.

    The game was close, but Denver finally won in overtime.

    The next congressional election will be a close contest in Ohio.

    a close second/third/fourth etc.:

    Irvine won the race, with Schumacher a close second.

  11. 12
    spoken used for saying that you have just succeeded in avoiding a dangerous or unpleasant situation

    That was close! We would've been in trouble if you hadn't swerved.

  12. 14
    [only before noun] protected, watched, or guarded in a very careful and strict way

    a close secret

    The boys are being kept under close supervision for the rest of the semester.

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closeness

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Given the closeness of the school, you should be able to walk there.

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