How to use
clausus, past participle of claudere;
not far from someone or something
If you need to buy bread or milk, the closest shop is about a mile away.
Susan sat on a chair close to the window.
I don't mind where we go on vacation as long as it's close to a beach.
His eyes were small and
There are several accounts of dolphins living
in close proximity
close to humans
The victim had been shot
at close range
from very close
near in time
near to something in time
It was close to one-fifteen a.m.
Our birthdays are quite close together.
likely to happen
seeming very likely to happen or very likely to do something soon
close to doing something
The two countries are close to signing a peace agreement.
We're close to clinching the deal.
close to death/tears/despair etc
The old dog could barely whimper and seemed close to death.
The prosecution's main witness was close to tears as she described the assault.
if two people are close, they like or love each other very much
My brother and I are very close.
I felt closer to Rob that evening than ever before.
Fiona and I have always been
very similar to each other
When I saw Henry with another woman I felt something close to jealousy.
the closest thing to
a socialist in the party.
Their newest model
bears a close resemblance to
is very similar to
that of their rival competitor.
usually before noun
looking at, thinking about, or watching something very carefully
take/have/get a close look (at something)
She lifted up Jenny's silver medallion to take a closer look.
keep a close watch/eye on
watch someone or something very carefully
Don't worry, I'll keep a close eye on the kids.
You could have improved your answers by
if a number or amount is close to another number or amount, it is not much higher or lower than it
We don't know the exact figures, but about 10,000 might be a close approximation
close to the actual figure
Inflation is close to 7 percent.
finishing or being played, fought etc with both sides almost equal
It was a close game that could have gone either way.
a close second/third etc
a finishing position in a competition that is very nearly second, third etc
The result is
too close to call
so close that it is impossible to know who will win
a member of your family such as your brother, sister, parent etc
The wedding was attended by close family only.
very nearly bad
used when you have only just managed to avoid something bad, dangerous, or embarrassing happening
that was close
,' Frank said as he swerved to avoid the cyclist.
a close call/thing/shave
a situation in which something dangerous, embarrassing etc almost happens
United had a close shave when Liverpool almost scored.
very nearly getting, finding, or achieving something
At this point, the investigators were closer to the truth than they realized.
keep in close contact/touch
if two people keep in close contact, they see, talk to, or write to each other often
Text messaging enables people to keep in close contact at all times.
relating to a situation in which people work well with each other or talk to each other often
He retained very
with France throughout his life.
What we need now is
between the club and supporters.
with little space
with little or no space around something or between things
The horses are always eager for exercise after the close confinement of the stables.
The shoe is a close fit
there is no space around the foot
I find it difficult to read such close print
with letters printed so close together
close/you're close/that's close
used to tell someone that they have almost guessed or answered something correctly
'I reckon he must be about thirty-eight.' 'Close - he was forty last week.'
close to the bone
if something someone says is close to the bone, it makes you feel uncomfortable or offends you, especially because it is about something you do not want to admit is true
close, but no cigar
used when something someone does or says is almost correct or successful
It was close, but no cigar for the Dodgers as they lost to the Reds 4-3.
too close for comfort
if something that happens is too close for comfort, it is near enough to make you feel nervous or afraid
From somewhere too close for comfort came the sound of machine-gun fire.
close to home
if a remark or criticism is close to home, it makes you feel uncomfortable because it is likely to be true
His comments struck unpleasantly close to home.
if something unpleasant happens close to home, you are directly affected by it
It's one thing seeing riots on TV, but when they happen so close to home it's a different matter.
at close quarters
if something happens or is done at close quarters, it happens inside a small space or is done from a short distance away
The troops had been fighting at close quarters.
uncomfortably warm because there seems to be no air
The weather that night was hot and close, with a hint of thunder in the distance.
unwilling to talk about something
not before noun
unwilling to tell people about something
You're very close about your work, aren't you?
unwilling to spend money
not before noun
You won't get a penny out of Jack - he's very close with his money.
a close shave
when the hair on someone's face is cut very close to the skin
work that involves looking at or handling things in a very skilful, detailed, and careful way
After years of close work, she could hardly see a thing if it was over a yard away.
a close vowel is pronounced with only a small space between the tongue and the top of the mouth
She had never had the physical or emotional closeness that she needed.
➔ play your cards close to your chest
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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