What does close mean?

Definitions for close
kloʊz; kloʊs; kloʊz for 66, 67, 70–72, 74, 75 , kloʊs for 68, 69, 73close

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word close.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stopping point, finale, finis, finish, last, conclusion, close(noun)

    the temporal end; the concluding time

    "the stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell"; "the market was up at the finish"; "they were playing better at the close of the season"

  2. conclusion, end, close, closing, ending(noun)

    the last section of a communication

    "in conclusion I want to say..."

  3. finale, close, closing curtain, finis(adj)

    the concluding part of any performance

  4. close(adj)

    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"

  5. close(adj)

    close in relevance or relationship

    "a close family"; "we are all...in close sympathy with..."; "close kin"; "a close resemblance"

  6. near, close, nigh(adj)

    not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances

    "near neighbors"; "in the near future"; "they are near equals"; "his nearest approach to success"; "a very near thing"; "a near hit by the bomb"; "she was near tears"; "she was close to tears"; "had a close call"

  7. close(adj)

    rigorously attentive; strict and thorough

    "close supervision"; "paid close attention"; "a close study"; "kept a close watch on expenditures"

  8. close, faithful(adj)

    marked by fidelity to an original

    "a close translation"; "a faithful copy of the portrait"; "a faithful rendering of the observed facts"

  9. close, tight(adj)

    (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched

    "a close contest"; "a close election"; "a tight game"

  10. close, confining(adj)


    "close quarters"

  11. airless, close, stuffy, unaired(adj)

    lacking fresh air

    "a dusty airless attic"; "the dreadfully close atmosphere"; "hot and stuffy and the air was blue with smoke"

  12. close, tight(adj)

    of textiles

    "a close weave"; "smooth percale with a very tight weave"

  13. close(adj)

    strictly confined or guarded

    "kept under close custody"

  14. close(adj)

    confined to specific persons

    "a close secret"

  15. close, snug, close-fitting(adj)

    fitting closely but comfortably

    "a close fit"

  16. close(adj)

    used of hair or haircuts

    "a close military haircut"

  17. cheeseparing, close, near, penny-pinching, skinny(adj)

    giving or spending with reluctance

    "our cheeseparing administration"; "very close (or near) with his money"; "a penny-pinching miserly old man"

  18. close, closelipped, closemouthed, secretive, tightlipped(verb)

    inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information

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

  19. close, shut(verb)

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

    "Close the door"; "shut the window"

  20. close, shut(verb)

    become closed

    "The windows closed with a loud bang"

  21. close up, close, fold, shut down, close down(verb)

    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"

  22. close(verb)

    finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.)

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

  23. conclude, close(verb)

    come to a close

    "The concert closed with a nocturne by Chopin"

  24. close(verb)

    complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement

    "We closed on the house on Friday"; "They closed the deal on the building"

  25. close(verb)

    be priced or listed when trading stops

    "The stock market closed high this Friday"; "My new stocks closed at $59 last night"

  26. close(verb)

    engage at close quarters

    "close with the enemy"

  27. close(verb)

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

  28. close(verb)

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

  29. close, come together(verb)

    come together, as if in an embrace

    "Her arms closed around her long lost relative"

  30. close(verb)

    draw near

    "The probe closed with the space station"

  31. close(verb)

    bring together all the elements or parts of

    "Management closed ranks"

  32. close(verb)

    bar access to

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

  33. close, fill up(verb)

    fill or stop up

    "Can you close the cracks with caulking?"

  34. close up, close(verb)

    unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of

    "close the circuit"; "close a wound"; "close a book"; "close up an umbrella"

  35. close(adverb)

    finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead

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

  36. near, nigh, close(adverb)

    near in time or place or relationship

    "as the wedding day drew near"; "stood near the door"; "don't shoot until they come near"; "getting near to the true explanation"; "her mother is always near"; "The end draws nigh"; "the bullet didn't come close"; "don't get too close to the fire"

  37. close, closely, tight(adverb)

    in an attentive manner

    "he remained close on his guard"


  1. close(Noun)

    An end of something.

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

  2. close(Verb)

    To obstruct (an opening).

  3. close(Verb)

    To move so that an opening is closed.

  4. close

    To put an end to.

    close the session

  5. close

    To make (e.g. a gap) smaller.

    The runner in second place is closing the gap on the leader.

  6. close

    To have a vector sum of 0; that is, to form a closed polygon.

  7. close

    To make a sale.

  8. close

    To make the final outs, usually three, of a game.

    He has closed the last two games for his team.

  9. close

    To terminate a computer program or a window or file thereof.

  10. close(Noun)

    An enclosed field.

  11. close(Noun)

    A street that ends in a dead end.

  12. close

    A very narrow alley between two buildings, often overhung by one of the buildings above the ground floor.

  13. close

    A cathedral close.

  14. close(Adjective)

    Closed, shut.

  15. close(Adjective)

    At a little distance; near.

    Is your house close?

  16. close

    Intimate; well-loved.

    He is a close friend.

  17. close

    hot, humid, with no wind.

  18. close

    articulated with the tongue body relatively close to the hard palate

Webster Dictionary

  1. Close(noun)

    to stop, or fill up, as an opening; to shut; as, to close the eyes; to close a door

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  2. Close(noun)

    to bring together the parts of; to consolidate; as, to close the ranks of an army; -- often used with up

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  3. Close(noun)

    to bring to an end or period; to conclude; to complete; to finish; to end; to consummate; as, to close a bargain; to close a course of instruction

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  4. Close(noun)

    to come or gather around; to inclose; to encompass; to confine

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  5. Close(verb)

    to come together; to unite or coalesce, as the parts of a wound, or parts separated

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  6. Close(verb)

    to end, terminate, or come to a period; as, the debate closed at six o'clock

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  7. Close(verb)

    to grapple; to engage in hand-to-hand fight

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  8. Close(noun)

    the manner of shutting; the union of parts; junction

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  9. Close(noun)

    conclusion; cessation; ending; end

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  10. Close(noun)

    a grapple in wrestling

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  11. Close(noun)

    the conclusion of a strain of music; cadence

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  12. Close(noun)

    a double bar marking the end

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  13. Close(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  14. Close(verb)

    a narrow passage leading from a street to a court, and the houses within

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  15. Close(verb)

    the interest which one may have in a piece of ground, even though it is not inclosed

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  16. Close(verb)

    shut fast; closed; tight; as, a close box

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  17. Close(verb)

    narrow; confined; as, a close alley; close quarters

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  18. Close(verb)

    oppressive; without motion or ventilation; causing a feeling of lassitude; -- said of the air, weather, etc

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  19. Close(verb)

    strictly confined; carefully quarded; as, a close prisoner

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  20. Close(verb)

    out of the way observation; secluded; secret; hidden

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  21. Close(verb)

    disposed to keep secrets; secretive; reticent

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  22. Close(verb)

    having the parts near each other; dense; solid; compact; as applied to bodies; viscous; tenacious; not volatile, as applied to liquids

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  23. Close(verb)

    concise; to the point; as, close reasoning

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  24. Close(verb)

    adjoining; near; either in space; time, or thought; -- often followed by to

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  25. Close(verb)

    short; as, to cut grass or hair close

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  26. Close(verb)

    intimate; familiar; confidential

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  27. Close(verb)

    nearly equal; almost evenly balanced; as, a close vote

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  28. Close(verb)

    difficult to obtain; as, money is close

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  29. Close(verb)

    parsimonious; stingy

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  30. Close(verb)

    adhering strictly to a standard or original; exact; strict; as, a close translation

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  31. Close(verb)

    accurate; careful; precise; also, attentive; undeviating; strict; not wandering; as, a close observer

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  32. Close(verb)

    uttered with a relatively contracted opening of the mouth, as certain sounds of e and o in French, Italian, and German; -- opposed to open

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  33. Close(adverb)

    in a close manner

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]

  34. Close(adverb)

    secretly; darkly

    Etymology: [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See Close, v. t.]


  1. Close

    Close is the sixth studio album by Kim Wilde, released in mid 1988. Produced by Ricky Wilde and Tony Swain, Close was the final album on which Marty Wilde had co-writer credits. The album is widely perceived by fans and critics as Wilde's most well-balanced, with many kinds of pop represented: dance, ballad, rock and midtempo. The album's lead single was "Hey Mister Heartache", featuring backing vocals from Junior Giscombe — but its success was dwarfed by the follow-up single, "You Came", which hit the Top 10 in many countries and just missed the U.S. Top 40. "Never Trust a Stranger" and "Four Letter Word" also reached the UK Top 10, although a fifth single "Love in the Natural Way" was less successful. Attention for the album was bolstered by Kim's support slot on Michael Jackson's European tour. Close reached the Top 10 in the UK, almost all Scandinavian countries, Austria and Germany and went on to become Wilde's biggest selling album, being certified platinum in the UK and shifting more than 2 million units worldwide.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Close

    klōs, adj. shut up: with no opening: confined, unventilated: stifling: narrow: stingy: near, in time or place: intimate: compact, as opposed to discursive: crowded: hidden: reserved: private: secret.—adv. in a close manner: tightly; nearly: densely.—n. an enclosed place: a small enclosed field: a narrow passage of a street: the precinct of a cathedral.—adjs. Close′-band′ed, closely united; Close′-barred, firmly closed; Close′-bod′ied, fitting close to the body.—n. Close′-corporā′tion, a corporation which fills up its own vacancies, without outside interference.—adjs. Close′-fist′ed, Close′-hand′ed, penurious, covetous; Close′-grained, with the fibres, &c., close together, compact; Close′-hauled, noting the trim of a ship when sailing as near as possible to the wind.—adv. Close′ly.—ns. Close′ness; Close′-stool, a chamber utensil enclosed in a box or stool; Close′-sea′son, Close′-time, a time of the year when it is against the law to kill certain animals, esp. game.—adj. Close′-tongued (Shak.), cautious in speaking. [Fr. clos, shut—L. claudĕre, clausum, to shut.]

  2. Close

    klōz, v.t. to make close: to draw together and unite: to finish.—v.i. to come together: to grapple: to come to an end (with).—n. the manner or time of closing: a pause or stop: the end: junction: (Shak.) encounter.—ns. Clos′er, one who concludes; Clos′ing, enclosing: ending: agreement; Clos′ure, the act of closing: the end: the stopping of a debate in the House of Commons by the vote of the House.—Close a bargain, to make an agreement; Close with, to accede to: to grapple with.—With closed doors, in private, the public being excluded, as in special cases in court, &c.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'close' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #787

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'close' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1100

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'close' in Nouns Frequency: #2839

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'close' in Verbs Frequency: #170

  5. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'close' in Adverbs Frequency: #198

  6. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'close' in Adjectives Frequency: #73

Anagrams for close »

  1. Coles

  2. Socle

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of close in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of close in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of close in a Sentence

  1. John J. Ferguson:

    I suppose that the nearer a conception comes towards finality, the nearer the dynamic relation out of which this concept arose, inevitably draws to a close. So it may be surmised, on one hand, to know is to lose. It may be argued, then, tis better to be ignorant, and blissful!

  2. Chief Executive Tim Cutt:

    Although we prefer the same transaction with Sonangol to close, I am pleased that we can remarket these... assets to third parties.

  3. Jules Verne:

    It was a big sea snake, but I couldn't quite make it out what kind of snake it was, its head was biting a stone fish close to its tail area, and the fish had a huge bite into the snake.

  4. White House:

    Sanders initially said that Porter would not leave immediately. Rob Porter was a key figure in Trump's White House. (AP) Porter, meanwhile, pushed back strongly on the allegations in the press. These outrageous allegations are simply false. I took the photos given to the media nearly 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described. I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign, my commitment to public service speaks for itself. I have always put duty to country first and treated others with respect. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have served in the Trump Administration and will seek to ensure a smooth transition when I leave the White House.

  5. Randolph:

    Safe in thy breast close lock up thy intents, For he that knows thy purpose best prevents.

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  • قريب, أغلق, قفلArabic
  • yakın, qapamaqAzerbaijani
  • яҡынBashkir
  • блізкі, зачыняць, зачыніцьBelarusian
  • близък, край, задънена улица, затварям, завършек, закриване, приключвам, закривамBulgarian
  • বন্ধ করাBengali
  • pròxim, cloure, tancarCatalan, Valencian
  • blízký, zavřítCzech
  • mwll, agos, trymaidd, mwrnWelsh
  • lukke, tætDanish
  • drückend, schwül, nah, Sackgasse, schließen, beenden, zumachenGerman
  • tu, xeEwe
  • κλείνω, ΚοντάGreek
  • korligita, proksima, fermi, finiEsperanto
  • cercano, íntimo, cerca, acercarse, fin, conclusión, tapar, acortar, cerrar, terminar, concluir, achicar, cierre, finalizarSpanish
  • sulgemaEstonian
  • نزدیک, بستنPersian
  • läheinen, loppu, lopettaa, pienentää, sulkeutua, sulkea, päättää, päätös, umpikuja, kiinniFinnish
  • proche, près, mettre fin à, terminer, finir, conclusion, achèvement, clore, fermer, conclure, fin, cul-de-sac, boucherFrench
  • dlúth, dún, druidIrish
  • faisg, dlùth, clobhsa, dùinScottish Gaelic
  • rematar, terminar, pechar, pór finGalician
  • קרוב, קרובה, סגרHebrew
  • पास, बंद करना, बंद करेHindi
  • pwòchHaitian Creole
  • becsuk, BezárásHungarian
  • մոտ, մոտիկ, փակելArmenian
  • vicin, proxime, clauder, concluder, terminarInterlingua
  • dekat, tutupIndonesian
  • klozarIdo
  • vicino, vicina, terminare, chiudere, concludere, fineItalian
  • לִסְגוֹרHebrew
  • 近い, 閉じる, 閉める, 閉まるJapanese
  • ახლო, დახურვაGeorgian
  • ជិត, បិទKhmer
  • ಮುಚ್ಚಿKannada
  • 닫다, 닫기Korean
  • nêzik, نزیک, داخستن, کۆتاییKurdish
  • claudo, propeLatin
  • schléissen, zoumaachenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ໃກ້, ອັດLao
  • artimas, uždarytiLithuanian
  • tuvs, slēgt, aizdarīt, aiztaisīt, aizvērtLatvian
  • taupiri, korire, tata, mutunga, pā, whakamutu, whakaotinga, whakaotiMāori
  • menutupMalay
  • temm, agħlaqMaltese
  • ပိတ်Burmese
  • nabije, drukkend, dichtbij, zwoel, dichten, dichtdoen, sluiten, beëindigen, verkleinenDutch
  • nær, avslutte, lukke, stenge, LukkNorwegian
  • barrar, tancar, sarrar, tamparOccitan
  • zamknąć, zamykać, bliskoPolish
  • próximo, vizinho, perto, fechar, encerrar, concluir, cerrar, terminarPortuguese
  • serrar, sarar, sarrar, serrer, finirRomansh
  • aproape, termina, finisa, închideRomanian
  • близкий, закрытие, тупик, завершение, закрыть, закрывать, сокращать, завершать, окончание, завершить, заканчивать, сократить, закончитьRussian
  • serrai, serrareSardinian
  • zatvoriti, затворитиSerbo-Croatian
  • zavrieťSlovak
  • blízu, zapretiSlovene
  • nära, stänga, avslutaSwedish
  • fungu, fungaSwahili
  • நெருக்கமானTamil
  • ముగించు, మూయు, CloseTelugu
  • ปิด, งับ, หุบThai
  • saraTagalog
  • yakın, kapatmak, örtmek, kitlemek, kapatTurkish
  • закрити, зачиняти, зачинити, закриватиUkrainian
  • بند کرنا, بند کریںUrdu
  • đóng, gầnVietnamese
  • שליסן, closeYiddish
  • Chinese

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