Definition of close noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kləʊz//
; NAmE NAmE//kloʊz//
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[singular] (formal) the end of a period of time or an activity at the close of the 17th century His life was drawing to a close. Can we bring this meeting to a close? By the close of London trading, Wall Street was up 9.78 points. The West Indies were 98 for 3 at the close of play (= at the end of the day’s play in a cricket match). Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French clos-, stem of clore, from Latin claudere ‘to shut’.Extra examples At the close of trading, he had lost thousands of pounds on the stock market. The chairperson brought the meeting to a close. The decade drew to a close with the threat of war hanging over Europe. At the close of play, the scores were almost level. At the close of the first day, things were looking good for the home team. Can we bring this meeting to a close?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: close