Definition of Close up

1. Verb. Cease to operate or cause to cease operating. "The business is going to close up "; "Close up the shop"

Exact synonyms: Close, Close Down, Fold, Shut Down
Specialized synonyms: Adjourn, Retire, Withdraw
Derivative terms: Close, Closer, Closing, Closure, Closedown, Shutdown
Antonyms: Open

2. Adverb. Very close. "Even firing at close range he missed"
Exact synonyms: At Close Range

3. Verb. Block passage through. "Obstruct the path"

4. Verb. Unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of. "Close up an umbrella"
Exact synonyms: Close
Generic synonyms: Bring Together, Join
Derivative terms: Closing

5. Verb. Refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent. "The children shut up when their father approached"

Definition of Close up

1. Verb. To move people closer together. ¹

2. Verb. To shut a building or a business for a period of time. ¹

3. Verb. To heal a cut or other wound ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Close Up

close shave
close shaves
close stool
close stoole
close support
close supporting fire
close the door on
close the face
close the stable door after the horse has bolted
close to
close to home
close to one's vest
close to the vest
close to the wind
close together(p)
close up (current term)
close up shop
closed-angle glaucoma
closed-circuit television
closed-cut valley

Literary usage of Close up

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1. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"Entirely, completely, close up. 1601 The wind Septentrio that bloweth plumbe North.—Holland's ' Pliny,' p. 609. (NED) 1847 I'm plumb out of bread. ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"... with the slide close up ; it in fact comprises seven positions, which are obtained by shifting the slide as many lengths and in such a way that each of ..."

3. The English Works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury by Thomas ( Hobbes (1843)
"... their part) we may keep the galleys which once come close up from falling back again. For we are brought to a ; necessity now, of making it a land-fight ..."

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