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, closenoun

    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, endingnoun

    the last section of a communication

    "in conclusion I want to say..."

  3. finale, close, closing curtain, finisadjective

    the concluding part of any performance

  4. closeadjective

    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. closeadjective

    close in relevance or relationship

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

  6. near, close, nighadjective

    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. closeadjective

    rigorously attentive; strict and thorough

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

  8. close, faithfuladjective

    marked by fidelity to an original

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

  9. close, tightadjective

    (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched

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

  10. close, confiningadjective


    "close quarters"

  11. airless, close, stuffy, unairedadjective

    lacking fresh air

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

  12. close, tightadjective

    of textiles

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

  13. closeadjective

    strictly confined or guarded

    "kept under close custody"

  14. closeadjective

    confined to specific persons

    "a close secret"

  15. close, snug, close-fittingadjective

    fitting closely but comfortably

    "a close fit"

  16. closeadjective

    used of hair or haircuts

    "a close military haircut"

  17. cheeseparing, close, near, penny-pinching, skinnyadjective

    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, tightlippedverb

    inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information

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

  19. close, shutverb

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

    "Close the door"; "shut the window"

  20. close, shutverb

    become closed

    "The windows closed with a loud bang"

  21. close up, close, fold, shut down, close downverb

    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. closeverb

    finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.)

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

  23. conclude, closeverb

    come to a close

    "The concert closed with a nocturne by Chopin"

  24. closeverb

    complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement

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

  25. closeverb

    be priced or listed when trading stops

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

  26. closeverb

    engage at close quarters

    "close with the enemy"

  27. closeverb

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

  28. closeverb

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

  29. close, come togetherverb

    come together, as if in an embrace

    "Her arms closed around her long lost relative"

  30. closeverb

    draw near

    "The probe closed with the space station"

  31. closeverb

    bring together all the elements or parts of

    "Management closed ranks"

  32. closeverb

    bar access to

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

  33. close, fill upverb

    fill or stop up

    "Can you close the cracks with caulking?"

  34. close up, closeverb

    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. closeadverb

    finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead

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

  36. near, nigh, closeadverb

    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, tightadverb

    in an attentive manner

    "he remained close on his guard"


  1. closenoun

    An end of something.

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

  2. closeverb

    To obstruct (an opening).

  3. closeverb

    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. closenoun

    An enclosed field.

  11. closenoun

    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. closeadjective

    Closed, shut.

  15. closeadjective

    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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Closeadjective

    Etymology: from the verb.

    We suppose this bag to be tied close about, towards the window. John Wilkins.

    Nor could his acts too close a vizard wear,
    To ’scape their eyes whom guilt had taught to fear. Dryden.

    If the rooms be low roofed, or full of windows and doors, the one maketh the air close, and not fresh; and the other maketh it exceeding unequal. Francis Bacon, Nat. History, №. 937.

    The inward substance of the earth is of itself an uniform mass, close and compact. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    The golden globe being put into a press, which was driven by the extreme force of skrews, the water made itself way thro’ the pores of that very close metal. John Locke.

    This oil, which nourishes the lamp, is supposed of so close and tenacious a substance, that it may slowly evaporate. John Wilkins.

    You lay your thoughts so close together, that were they closer they would be crouded, and even a due connection would be wanting. John Dryden, Juven. Dedication.

    Where the original is close, no version can reach it in the same compass. Dryden.

    Read these instructive leaves, in which conspire
    Fresnoy’s close art and John Dryden’s native fire. Alexander Pope.

    Was I a man bred great as Rome herself, Equal to all her titles! that could stand
    Close up with Atlas, and sustain her name
    As strong as he doth heaven! Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    We must lay aside that lazy and fallacious method of censuring by the lump, and must bring things close to the test of true or false. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth, Preface.

    Plant the spring crocus’s close to a wall. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    Where’er my name I find;
    Some dire misfortune follows close behind. Alexander Pope, El. to Abel.

    Now sit we close about this taper here,
    And call in question our necessities. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    Short crooked swords in closer fight they wear. Dryden.

    Close observe him for the sake of mockery. Close, in the name of jesting! lie you there. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    A close intent at last to shew me grace. Edmund Spenser.

    Some spagyrists, that keep their best things close, will do more to vindicate their art, or oppose their antagonists, than to gratify the curious, or benefit mankind. Boyle.

    Constant you are,
    But yet a woman; and for secrecy,
    No lady closer. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    That close aspect of his,
    Does shew the mood of a much troubled breast. William Shakespeare.

    I discovered no way to keep our thoughts close to their business, but by frequent attention getting the habit of attention. John Locke.

    I am engaging in a large dispute, where the arguments are not like to reach close on either side. John Dryden, on Dram. Poesy.

  2. Closeadverb

    It is used sometimes adverbially by itself; but more frequently in composition. As,

  3. Closenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The admirable effects of this distillation in close, which is like the wombs and matrices of living creatures. Francis Bacon.

    I have a tree, which grows here in my close,
    That mine own use invites me to cut down,
    And shortly must I fell it. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    Certain hedgers dividing a close, chanced upon a great chest. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwal.

    The doors of plank were; their close exquisite,
    Kept with a double key. George Chapman, Iliads, b. ii.

    In the close of night,
    Philomel begins her heav’nly lay. Dryden.

    The king went of purpose into the North, laying an open side unto Perkin, to make him come to the close, and so to trip up his heels, having made sure in Kent beforehand. Francis Bacon.

    Both fill’d with dust, but starting up, the third close they had made,
    Had not Achilles’ self stood up. George Chapman, Iliads.

    The air, such pleasure loth to lose,
    With thousand eccho’s still prolongs each heav’nly close. John Milton.

    At ev’ry close she made, th’ attending throng
    Reply’d, and bore the burden of the song. John Dryden, Fables.

    Speedy death,
    The close of all my miseries, and the balm. John Milton, Agon.

    Thro’ Syria, Persia, Greece she goes;
    And takes the Romans in the close. Matthew Prior.

  4. To CLOSEverb

    Etymology: closa, Armorick; kluys, Dutch; clos, French; clausus, Latin.

    Sleep instantly fell on me, call’d
    By nature as in aid, and clos’d mine eyes. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    When the sad wife has clos’d her husband’s eyes;
    Lies the pale corps, not yet intirely dead? Matthew Prior.

    I soon shall visit Hector, and the shades
    Of my great ancestors. Cephisa, thou
    Wilt lend a hand to close thy mistress’ eyes. Philips.

    One frugal supper did our studies close. John Dryden, Pers. Sat.

    I close this with my earnest desires that you will seriously consider your estate. William Wake, Preparation for Death.

    Edward and Henry, now the boast of fame;
    And virtuous Alfred, a more sacred name;
    After a life of generous toils endur’d,
    Clos’d their long glories with a sigh, to find
    Th’ unwilling gratitude of base mankind. Alexander Pope, Ep. of Hor.

    Every one
    According to the gift which bounteous nature
    Hath in him clos’d. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The armourers accomplishing the knights,
    With busy hammers closing rivets up. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    There being no winter yet to close up and unite its parts, and restore the earth to its former strength and compactness. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    As soon as any publick rupture happens, it is immediately closed up by moderation and good offices. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    All the traces drawn there are immediately closed up, as though you wrote them with your finger on the surface of a river. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

  5. To Closeverb

    They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them. Num. xvi. 33.

    In plants you may try the force of imagination upon the lighter sort of motions; as upon their closing and opening. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 991.

    The jealousy of such a design in us, would induce France and Holland to close upon some measures between them to our disadvantage. William Temple.

    Intire cowardice makes thee wrong this virtuous gentlewoman, to close with us. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    It would become me better, than to close
    In terms of friendship with thine enemies. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæs.

    There was no such defect in man’s understanding, but that it would close with the evidence. Robert South, Sermons.

    He took the time when Richard was depos’d,
    And high and low with happy Harry clos’d. Dryden.

    Pride is so unsociable a vice, that there is no closing with it. Jeremy Collier, of Friendship.

    This spirit, poured upon iron, unites with the body, and lets go the water: the acid spirit is more attracted by the fixed body, and lets go the water, to close with the fixed body. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    Such a proof as would have been closed with certainly at the first, shall be set aside easily afterwards. Francis Atterbury.

    These governours bent all their thoughts and applications to close in with the people, who were now the stronger party. Jonathan Swift, on the Dissentions in Athens and Rome.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Closenoun

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

  2. Closenoun

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

  3. Closenoun

    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

  4. Closenoun

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

  5. Closeverb

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

  6. Closeverb

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

  7. Closeverb

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

  8. Closenoun

    the manner of shutting; the union of parts; junction

  9. Closenoun

    conclusion; cessation; ending; end

  10. Closenoun

    a grapple in wrestling

  11. Closenoun

    the conclusion of a strain of music; cadence

  12. Closenoun

    a double bar marking the end

  13. Closeverb

    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

  14. Closeverb

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

  15. Closeverb

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

  16. Closeverb

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

  17. Closeverb

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

  18. Closeverb

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

  19. Closeverb

    strictly confined; carefully quarded; as, a close prisoner

  20. Closeverb

    out of the way observation; secluded; secret; hidden

  21. Closeverb

    disposed to keep secrets; secretive; reticent

  22. Closeverb

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

  23. Closeverb

    concise; to the point; as, close reasoning

  24. Closeverb

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

  25. Closeverb

    short; as, to cut grass or hair close

  26. Closeverb

    intimate; familiar; confidential

  27. Closeverb

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

  28. Closeverb

    difficult to obtain; as, money is close

  29. Closeverb

    parsimonious; stingy

  30. Closeverb

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

  31. Closeverb

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

  32. Closeverb

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

  33. Closeadverb

    in a close manner

  34. Closeadverb

    secretly; darkly

  35. 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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British National Corpus

  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

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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. Brenda Kelly:

    The FTSE is now in a bear market and should we close below 5,700, a psychological level in itself, we may well see the 5,620 level and even sub-5,600 in a very short time, it's not a pretty sight with every single sector in the red.

  2. Brendan Carr:

    Moving forward at The FCC will bring much-needed clarity to Section 230 and close the loopholes that Big Tech has exploited, these reforms will promote' a forum for a true diversity of political discourse,' as Congress envisioned when it passed Section 230, without limiting the First Amendment rights of any speaker.

  3. Peter Tuz:

    It is not unusual for stocks to weaken at the end of a week, the possibility of something weird happening over the weekend leads people to take money off the table as the week comes to a close.

  4. Jim Paulsen:

    It still feels like we're pretty close to having something done, even if it's meaningless, it will be meaningful.

  5. De Blasio:

    City disease detectives are tracing close contacts of both individuals and will ensure they are appropriately isolated and tested immediately.

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Translations for close

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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
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    be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.
    • A. embark
    • B. attend
    • C. demolish
    • D. observe

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