Definition of closely adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkləʊsli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkloʊsli//
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  1. 1near in space or time He walked into the room, closely followed by the rest of the family.
  2. 2closely related near in family relationship The two species are closely related.
  3. 3closely connected/linked/associated/related having a strong connection The two events are closely connected.
  4. 4in a way that shows you are very involved in the work or activities of somebody else, usually seeing and talking to them regularly The organization works closely with customers in nearly 100 countries.
  5. 5carefully I sat and watched everyone very closely. a closely guarded secret
  6. 6in a way that is very similar to somebody/something else She closely resembled her mother at the same age.
  7. 7closely contested/fought won or likely to be won by only a small amount or distance a closely contested election
  8. 8with little or no space in between over 1000 closely printed pages
  9. 9closely shaved/shaven/cut (of hair) cut very short, near to the skin He had a closely shaved head and a small, neat beard.

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