(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other

- close to noon

- how close are we to town?

- a close formation of ships

Similar word(s): adjacent, next, ambient, adpressed, appressed, approximate, imminent, impendent, impending, contiguous, immediate, circumferent, encompassing, surrounding, enveloping, juxtaposed, nestled, snuggled, proximate, scalelike, walking

2. close in relevance or relationship

- a close family

- we are close sympathy with...

- close kin

Similar word(s): approximate, near, boon, chummy, thick, confidential, cozy, dear, good, familiar, intimate

3. not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances

- she was close to tears

- had a close call

Similar word(s): adjacent, nearby, warm, hot, near, nigh

4. rigorously attentive; strict and thorough

- close supervision

- paid close attention

- a close study

Similar word(s): careful

5. marked by fidelity to an original

- a close translation

Similar word(s): accurate, faithful

6. (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched

- a close contest

- a close election

Similar word(s): equal, tight

7. crowded

- close quarters

Similar word(s): confined, confining

8. lacking fresh air

- the dreadfully close atmosphere

Similar word(s): unventilated, airless, stuffy, unaired

9. of textiles

- a close weave

Similar word(s): fine, tight

10. strictly confined or guarded

- kept under close custody

Similar word(s): restrained

11. confined to specific persons

- a close secret

Similar word(s): private

12. fitting closely but comfortably

- a close fit

Similar word(s): tight, snug

13. used of hair or haircuts

- a close military haircut

Similar word(s): short

14. giving or spending with reluctance

- very close (or near) with his money

Similar word(s): stingy, ungenerous, cheeseparing, near, skinny

15. inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information

- although they knew her whereabouts her friends kept close about it

Similar word(s): incommunicative, uncommunicative, closelipped, closemouthed, secretive, tightlipped

Sentences with close as an adjective:

- a close alley; close quarters

- Is your house close?

- He is a close friend.

- a close prisoner

- to cut grass or hair close

- close reasoning

- The patient was kept under close observation.


1. near in time or place or relationship

- the bullet didn't come close

- don't get too close to the fire

Similar word(s): near, nigh

2. in an attentive manner

- he remained close on his guard

Similar word(s): closely, tight


1. the temporal end; the concluding time

- they were playing better at the close of the season

Similar word(s): conclusion, finale, finis, finish, last

Definition categories: time, end, ending

2. the last section of a communication

Similar word(s): closing, conclusion, end, ending

Definition categories: communication, section, subdivision

3. the concluding part of any performance

Similar word(s): finale, finis

Definition categories: act, finish, finishing

Sentences with close as a noun:

- We owe them our thanks for bringing the project to a successful close.


1. move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut

- Close the door

Similar word(s): shut

Definition categories: contact

2. become closed

- The windows closed with a loud bang

Similar word(s): shut

Definition categories: contact, turn

3. cease to operate or cause to cease operating

- The owners decided to move and to close the factory

- My business closes every night at 8 P.M.

- close up the shop

Similar word(s): fold

Definition categories: social

4. finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.)

- The meeting was closed with a charge by the chairman of the board

Definition categories: social, end, terminate

5. come to a close

- The concert closed with a nocturne by Chopin

Similar word(s): conclude

Definition categories: stative, cease, end, finish, stop, terminate

6. complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement

- We closed on the house on Friday

- They closed the deal on the building

Definition categories: communication, end, terminate

7. be priced or listed when trading stops

- The stock market closed high this Friday

- My new stocks closed at $59 last night

Definition categories: stative, trade

8. engage at close quarters

- close with the enemy

Definition categories: social, engage, prosecute, pursue

9. cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer desktop

Definition categories: perception, end, terminate

10. change one's body stance so that the forward shoulder and foot are closer to the intended point of impact

Definition categories: motion, move

11. come together, as if in an embrace

- Her arms closed around her long lost relative

Definition categories: motion, move

12. draw near

- The probe closed with the space station

Definition categories: motion, approach, near

13. bring together all the elements or parts of

- Management closed ranks

Definition categories: contact, join

14. bar access to

- Due to the accident, the road had to be closed for several hours

Definition categories: contact, bar, barricade, block, blockade, stop

15. fill or stop up

- Can you close the cracks with caulking?

Definition categories: contact, fill

16. unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of

- close the circuit

- close a wound

- close a book

Definition categories: contact, join

17. finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead

- The relief pitcher closed with two runs in the second inning

Definition categories: change, complete, finish

Sentences with close as a verb:

- Close the door behind you when you leave.

- Jim was listening to headphones with his eyes closed.

- to close the ranks of an army

- close the session;   to close a bargain;   to close a course of instruction

- The debate closed at six o'clock.

- He has closed the last two games for his team.