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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyclose up
he/she/itcloses up
present participleclosing up
past tenseclosed up
past participleclosed up
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to lock the doors of a building or business
    As the storm approached, everyone began closing up their businesses.
    All the shops had closed up for the night.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to move people or things closer together, or to move closer together
    The runners had closed up and were moving in a tight little pack.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] same as close1 (sense 11)
    The cut has closed up without a scar.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to refuse to talk about your true feelings or thoughts
    Why do you close up every time I mention your father?
See also main entry: close


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