Definition of Close

1. Noun. The temporal end; the concluding time. "They were playing better at the close of the season"

Exact synonyms: Conclusion, Finale, Finis, Finish, Last, Stopping Point
Generic synonyms: End, Ending
Derivative terms: Finish, Finish, Finish

2. Verb. Move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut. "They want to close the doors"; "Shut the window"
Exact synonyms: Shut
Specialized synonyms: Snap, Slat, Bang, Slam, Shutter, Draw, Roll Up, Bung, Seal, Seal Off
Causes: Shut
Related verbs: Shut
Derivative terms: Closing, Closure, Shutter, Shutter, Shutting
Antonyms: Open
Also: Shut In, Shut Up

3. Adjective. At or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other. "A close formation of ships"

4. Adverb. Near in time or place or relationship. "Don't get too close to the fire"
Exact synonyms: Near, Nigh

5. Noun. The last section of a communication. "In conclusion I want to say..."
Exact synonyms: Closing, Conclusion, End, Ending
Specialized synonyms: Anticlimax, Bathos, Epilog, Epilogue, Epilog, Epilogue, Peroration, Coda, Finale
Generic synonyms: Section, Subdivision
Group relationships: Narration, Recital, Yarn, Address, Speech
Derivative terms: End, End, End

6. Verb. Become closed. "The doors close "; "The windows closed with a loud bang"
Exact synonyms: Shut
Generic synonyms: Change State, Turn
Related verbs: Shut
Derivative terms: Closing, Shutter
Antonyms: Open

7. Adjective. Close in relevance or relationship. "A close resemblance"

8. Adverb. In an attentive manner. "He remained close on his guard"
Exact synonyms: Closely, Tight

9. Noun. The concluding part of any performance.
Exact synonyms: Closing Curtain, Finale, Finis
Generic synonyms: Finish, Finishing

10. Verb. Cease to operate or cause to cease operating. "The business is going to close "; "Close up the shop"
Exact synonyms: Close Down, Close Up, Fold, Shut Down
Specialized synonyms: Adjourn, Retire, Withdraw
Derivative terms: Closer, Closing, Closure, Closedown, Shutdown
Antonyms: Open

11. Adjective. Not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances. "Had a close call"
Exact synonyms: Near, Nigh
Attributes: Distance
Similar to: Adjacent, Nearby, Warm, Hot
Derivative terms: Closeness, Nearness
Antonyms: Far

12. Verb. Finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.). "The meeting was closed with a charge by the chairman of the board"
Generic synonyms: End, Terminate
Derivative terms: Closing, Closure
Antonyms: Open

13. Adjective. Rigorously attentive; strict and thorough. "Kept a close watch on expenditures"
Similar to: Careful

14. Verb. Come to a close. "The concert closed with a nocturne by Chopin"
Exact synonyms: Conclude
Generic synonyms: Cease, End, Finish, Stop, Terminate
Derivative terms: Closing, Closing

15. Adjective. Marked by fidelity to an original. "A faithful rendering of the observed facts"
Exact synonyms: Faithful
Similar to: Accurate
Derivative terms: Faithfulness

16. Verb. Complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement. "They closed the deal on the building"
Generic synonyms: End, Terminate

17. Adjective. (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched. "A tight game"
Exact synonyms: Tight
Similar to: Equal

18. Verb. Be priced or listed when trading stops. "My new stocks closed at $59 last night"
Generic synonyms: Trade

19. Adjective. Crowded. "Close quarters"
Exact synonyms: Confining
Similar to: Confined

20. Verb. Engage at close quarters. "Close with the enemy"
Generic synonyms: Engage, Prosecute, Pursue
Derivative terms: Closing

21. Adjective. Lacking fresh air. "Hot and stuffy and the air was blue with smoke"
Exact synonyms: Airless, Stuffy, Unaired
Similar to: Unventilated
Derivative terms: Stuffiness

22. Verb. Cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer desktop.
Generic synonyms: End, Terminate
Derivative terms: Closing, Closure
Antonyms: Open

23. Adjective. Of textiles. "Smooth percale with a very tight weave"
Exact synonyms: Tight
Similar to: Fine

24. Verb. Change one's body stance so that the forward shoulder and foot are closer to the intended point of impact.
Category relationships: Ball Game, Ballgame
Generic synonyms: Move

25. Adjective. Strictly confined or guarded. "Kept under close custody"
Similar to: Restrained

26. Verb. Come together, as if in an embrace. "Her arms closed around her long lost relative"
Exact synonyms: Come Together
Generic synonyms: Move

27. Adjective. Confined to specific persons. "A close secret"
Similar to: Private

28. Verb. Draw near. "The probe closed with the space station"
Generic synonyms: Approach, Come Near, Come On, Draw Close, Draw Near, Go Up, Near
Derivative terms: Closing, Closure

29. Adjective. Fitting closely but comfortably. "A close fit"
Exact synonyms: Close-fitting, Snug
Similar to: Tight

30. Verb. Bring together all the elements or parts of. "Management closed ranks"
Generic synonyms: Bring Together, Join

31. Adjective. Used of hair or haircuts. "A close military haircut"
Similar to: Short

32. Verb. Bar access to. "Due to the accident, the road had to be closed for several hours"
Generic synonyms: Bar, Barricade, Block, Block Off, Block Up, Blockade, Stop
Derivative terms: Closing, Closure

33. Adjective. Giving or spending with reluctance. "A penny-pinching miserly old man"
Exact synonyms: Cheeseparing, Near, Penny-pinching, Skinny
Similar to: Stingy, Ungenerous
Derivative terms: Closeness, Penny-pinching

34. Verb. Fill or stop up. "Can you close the cracks with caulking?"
Exact synonyms: Fill Up
Generic synonyms: Fill
Specialized synonyms: Seal, Plug, Secure, Stop Up, Coapt, Conglutinate
Derivative terms: Closing, Closure

35. Adjective. Inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information. "Although they knew her whereabouts her friends kept close about it"

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

37. Verb. Finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead. "The relief pitcher closed with two runs in the second inning"
Generic synonyms: Complete, Finish

Definition of Close

1. v. t. To stop, or fill up, as an opening; to shut; as, to close the eyes; to close a door.

2. v. i. To come together; to unite or coalesce, as the parts of a wound, or parts separated.

3. n. The manner of shutting; the union of parts; junction.

4. n. An inclosed place; especially, a small field or piece of land surrounded by a wall, hedge, or fence of any kind; -- specifically, the precinct of a cathedral or abbey.

5. a. Shut fast; closed; tight; as, a close box.

6. adv. In a close manner.

Definition of Close

1. Verb. To obstruct (an opening). ¹

2. Verb. To move so that an opening is closed. ¹

3. Verb. To put an end to. ¹

4. Verb. To make (e.g. a gap) smaller. ¹

5. Verb. (surveying) To have a vector sum of 0; that is, to form a closed polygon. ¹

6. Verb. (marketing) To make a sale. ¹

7. Verb. (baseball pitching) To make the final outs, usually three, of a game. ¹

8. Verb. (computing) To terminate a computer program or a window or file thereof. ¹

9. Noun. An end of something. ¹

10. Adjective. (rare) Closed, shut. ¹

11. Adjective. At a little distance; near. ¹

12. Adjective. Intimate; well-loved. ¹

13. Adjective. (context: Ireland, England, Scotland weather) hot, humid, with no wind. ¹

14. Adjective. (linguistics phonetics of a vowel) articulated with the tongue body relatively close to the hard palate ¹

15. Noun. (rare) An enclosed field. ¹

16. Noun. (British) A street that ends in a dead end. ¹

17. Noun. (Scotland) A very narrow alley between two buildings, often overhung by one of the buildings above the ground floor. ¹

18. Noun. A cathedral close. ¹

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Definition of Close

1. near [adj CLOSER, CLOSEST] : CLOSELY [adv] / to block against entry or passage [v CLOSED, CLOSING, CLOSES] : CLOSABLE [adj] - See also: near

Lexicographical Neighbors of Close

clorprenaline hydrochloride
close (current term)
close, but no cigar
close-order drill

Literary usage of Close

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1893)
"And as he spake, his wings would now and then Spread, as he meant to fly, then close again, — " so that we should suspect that we might be conversing' with ..."

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