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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?

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