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present tense
I/you/we/theyclose up
he/she/itcloses up
present participleclosing up
past tenseclosed up
past participleclosed up

Related meanings

  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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of close up
  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?

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