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adverb close pronunciation in British English /kləʊs/
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  1. 1
    only a short distance away
    She moved closer, trying to hear what Jack was saying.
    close to: He clutched his bag close to his chest.
    Mark was standing dangerously close to the edge of the cliff.
    close together: They lay close together on the beach.
    close behind: Mary went first, with Jill close behind.
    draw/hold someone close (=pull/hold them against your body): He drew me close and hugged me tightly.
    close by/close at hand: We didn’t need to worry because help was close at hand.
  2. 2
    only a short time away
    As the summer grew closer, we started to think about leaving.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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