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Definition of close adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

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 adverb
adverb
NAmE//kloʊs//
 
(closer, closest)
 
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  • near; not far away They sat close together. Don't come too close! She heldTom close and pressed her cheek to his. I couldn't get close enough to see. A second police car followed close behind.
  • Idioms
    be close to/near the mark
     
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    to be fairly accurate in a guess, statement, etc. Such guesses are thought to be close to the mark. “The Los Angeles Times” was nearer the mark when it said…
    close at hand
     
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    near; in a place where someone or something can be reached easily I keep snacks for the kids close at hand.
    close by (somebody/something)
     
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    at a short distance (from someone or something) Our friends live close by. The route passes close by the town.
    almost; nearly She is close to sixty. It is close to midnight. a profit close to $200 million in a position very near to something The picture looks very different when you see it close up.
    close up to somebody/something
     
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    very near in space to someone or something She snuggled close up to him.
    come close (to something/to doing something)
     
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    to almost reach or do something He'd come close to death. We didn't win, but we came close. The welfare state never came close to eliminating poverty.
    hold/keep/play your cards close to your chest
     
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    to keep your ideas, plans, etc. secret
    sail close to the wind
     
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    to take a risk by doing something that is dangerous or that may be illegal
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: close