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adverb closely pronunciation in American English /ˈkloʊsli/
  1. 1
    in a way that is very similar to something or has an obvious or strong connection with it

    The Northern Ireland economy is closely linked to that of the rest of the United Kingdom.

    closely resemble something:

    Soldiers will train under conditions that more closely resemble real combat.

  2. 2
    in a way that involves careful attention to every detail

    Our accountants will examine the accounts very closely.

    1. a.
      in a very careful and strict way

      The movement of information across the border was closely regulated.

  3. 4
    with very little time or distance between one thing and another
    closely followed by:

    She left the room, closely followed by her husband.

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