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Definition of closet verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

closet

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈklɒzɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɑːzət//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they closet
BrE BrE//ˈklɒzɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɑːzət//
 
he / she / it closets
BrE BrE//ˈklɒzɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɑːzəts//
 
past simple closeted
BrE BrE//ˈklɒzɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɑːzətɪd//
 
past participle closeted
BrE BrE//ˈklɒzɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɑːzətɪd//
 
-ing form closeting
BrE BrE//ˈklɒzɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɑːzətɪŋ//
 
 
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closet somebody/yourself + adv./prep. to put somebody in a room away from other people, especially so that they can talk privately with somebody, or so that they can be alone He was closeted with the President for much of the day. She had closeted herself away in her room. Word Origin late Middle English (denoting a private or small room): from Old French, diminutive of clos ‘closed’, from Latin claudere ‘to shut’.
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