closely - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    in a way that involves careful attention to every detail

    Inspectors 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.

  2. 2
    in a way that involves sharing ideas, thoughts, or feelings

    We are all working closely with each other.

  3. 3
    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.

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

    She left the room, closely followed by her husband.