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parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, adjective, adverb, noun
phrases:
close in on
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: kloz
inflections: closed, closes, closing
definition 1: to stop up; shut.
Close the door; you're letting the cold air in.
synonyms:
shut, stop
antonyms:
open
similar words:
bolt, confine, coop, enclose, fill, latch, lock, occlude, padlock, pen, seal, wall
definition 2: to obstruct; block.
The police closed the street because of an accident.
synonyms:
block, choke, obstruct, occlude, seal, stop, stop up
antonyms:
open, unclose
similar words:
bar, barricade, blockade, clog, jam, plug
definition 3: to end; finish.
She closed her speech with a funny story.
synonyms:
conclude, end, finish, terminate, wind up
antonyms:
begin, open
similar words:
adjourn, climax, complete, culminate
definition 4: to draw together; join.
Close the drapes.
antonyms:
open
similar words:
attach, bind, connect, couple, fuse, join, link, unite
definition 5: to make unavailable for business.
I close the shop at nine o'clock.
synonyms:
shut, shut down
antonyms:
open
definition 6: to successfully conclude.
We closed the construction agreement.
synonyms:
clinch
antonyms:
defer
similar words:
complete, conclude, decide
definition 7: to make (one's mind) unreceptive.
antonyms:
open
similar words:
confine, curb, limit, narrow, restrict, shut
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: kloz
definition 1: to become closed or shut.
synonyms:
shut
antonyms:
open
similar words:
fold
definition 2: to end.
The show will close tomorrow.
synonyms:
conclude, end, finish, stop, terminate, wind up
antonyms:
open
similar words:
adjourn, cease, halt, round
definition 3: to cease operation; become unavailable for business.
synonyms:
shut down
antonyms:
open
similar words:
adjourn, stop
definition 4: to surround; encircle (fol. by around).
Enemy troops closed around our forces.
synonyms:
encircle, surround
similar words:
converge on
definition 5: to conclude the details of a real estate purchase.
similar words:
agree, settle
definition 6: to come near to something or someone, as during a chase or race.
synonyms:
gain on
antonyms:
lag
similar words:
approach, draw near, near
phrase: close in on
 
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: klos
inflections: closer, closest
definition 1: near in space or time.
close to the end
synonyms:
imminent, near, proximate
antonyms:
distant, far, remote
similar words:
adjacent, approximate, contiguous, convenient, forthcoming, immediate, impending, neighbor, neighboring, on hand
definition 2: near in kinship or association.
my closest relative
synonyms:
familiar, intimate, tight
antonyms:
distant, remote
similar words:
approximate, bosom, chummy, dear, fast, immediate, inseparable, loving, near, special, tightknit
definition 3: tight, confining, or shut in.
close quarters
synonyms:
confining, cramped, tight
antonyms:
roomy, spacious
similar words:
binding, compact, congested, crowded, limiting, narrow
definition 4: narrow, as of a decision.
It was close, but he finally won.
synonyms:
narrow, neck and neck, nip and tuck, tight
antonyms:
one-sided
similar words:
near
definition 5: tightly knit or bound together.
a close weave
synonyms:
dense, thick, tight, tightknit
antonyms:
loose
similar words:
compact, solid
definition 6: nearly alike or nearly even.
a close score
synonyms:
akin, alike, approximate, like, near, similar
antonyms:
different, uneven
similar words:
approaching, corresponding, equivalent, even, matched, tight
definition 7: careful, precise, or searching.
Pay close attention.I gave the essay a close reading.
synonyms:
accurate, careful, conscientious, faithful, minute, narrow, rigorous, searching, strict
antonyms:
casual
similar words:
alert, concentrated, exact, focused, intent, intimate, literal, near, precise, scrupulous, thorough, true, watchful
definition 8: stuffy or stifling, as the quality of the air.
hot, close weatherIt was too close in the bedroom to sleep.
synonyms:
muggy, stagnant, stuffy
antonyms:
airy, fresh
 
part of speech: adverb
pronunciation: klos
inflections: closer, closest
definition: in a close manner; near.
The comet passed very close to the earth.
synonyms:
near, nearby
antonyms:
far
similar words:
next, nigh
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: kloz
definition 1: the act of closing.
synonyms:
closure
definition 2: an end; conclusion.
the close of the day
synonyms:
closure, conclusion, end, finish, termination
antonyms:
beginning, opening, outset, prologue
similar words:
coda, completion, evening, finale, windup
derivations: closed (adj.), closing (adj.), closely (adv.), closeness (n.)
Homophone Note
The words close and clothes have similar sounds. To choose the right spelling, remember that clothes are made out of cloth.
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  • closely:
    in a close way.
  • closing:
    the end or last part of something.
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