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Usage statistics for the adjective close:

spoken English32.64%written English67.36% imaginative writing54.91%informational writing45.09%

Usage statistics for the verb close:

imaginative writing72.19%informational writing27.81%
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The word close is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective close

What does close mean as an attribute of a noun?

Close is one of the top 50 most common adjectives in the English language.View more statistics!

adjective - degrees: closer | closest

  1. at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other
  2. close in relevance or relationship
  3. not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances
    • examples: she was close to tears | had a close call
    • synonyms of close: near / nigh
    • similar: adjacent; nearby; warm; hot
    • attribute: distance = the property created by the space between two objects or points
  4. rigorously attentive; strict and thorough
    • examples: close supervision | paid close attention | a close study | kept a close watch on expenditures
    • similar: careful
  5. marked by fidelity to an original
  6. (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched
    • examples: a close contest | a close election
    • synonym of close: tight
    • similar: equal
  7. crowded
  8. lacking fresh air
  9. of textiles
    • example: a close weave
    • synonym of close: tight
    • similar: fine
  10. strictly confined or guarded
    • example: kept under close custody
    • similar: restrained
  11. confined to specific persons
    • example: a close secret
    • similar: private
  12. fitting closely but comfortably
  13. used of hair or haircuts
    • example: a close military haircut
    • similar: short
  14. giving or spending with reluctance
  15. inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information

Alternative definition of the adjective close

adjective

  1. [context: now rare] Closed, shut.
  2. At a little distance; near.
  3. Intimate; well-loved.
  4. [context: Ireland, England, Scotland, weather] hot, humid, with no wind.

Definition of the adverb close

What does close mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?

adverb

  1. near in time or place or relationship
    • examples: the bullet didn't come close | don't get too close to the fire
    • synonyms of close: near / nigh
  2. in an attentive manner
    • example: he remained close on his guard
    • synonyms of close: closely / tight

Definition of the noun close

What does close mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: closes

  1. the temporal end; the concluding time
  2. the last section of a communication
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of close: closing / conclusion / end / ending
    • more generic words: section / subdivision = a self-contained part of a larger composition
    • more specific words:
      • anticlimax / bathos = a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one
      • epilogue / epilog = a short passage added at the end of a literary work
      • epilogue / epilog = a short speech (often in verse) addressed directly to the audience by an actor at the end of a play
      • peroration = the concluding section of an oration
      • finale / coda = the closing section of a musical composition
    • part of: narration / recital / yarn = the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events; address / speech = the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience
  3. the concluding part of any performance

Alternative definition of the noun close

noun

  1. An end of something.
  2. [context: now rare] An enclosed field.
  3. [British] A street that ends in a dead end.
  4. [Scotland] A very narrow alley between two buildings, often overhung by one of the buildings above the ground floor.
  5. A cathedral close.

Definition of the verb close

What does close mean as a doing word?

Close is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: closed | closing | closes

  1. move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut
  2. become closed
  3. cease to operate or cause to cease operating
    • examples: The owners decided to move and to close the factory | My business closes every night at 8 P.M. | close up the shop | The business is going to close
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of close: close down / close up / fold / shut down
    • antonym of close: open
    • more specific words: withdraw / adjourn / retire = break from a meeting or gathering
  4. finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.)
    • example: The meeting was closed with a charge by the chairman of the board
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • antonym: open
    • more generic words: end / terminate = bring to an end or halt
  5. come to a close
    • example: The concert closed with a nocturne by Chopin
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of close: conclude
    • more generic words: cease / end / finish / stop / terminate = have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense
  6. complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement
    • examples: We closed on the house on Friday | They closed the deal on the building
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: end / terminate = bring to an end or halt
  7. be priced or listed when trading stops
    • examples: The stock market closed high this Friday | My new stocks closed at $59 last night
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: trade = be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions
  8. engage at close quarters
    • example: close with the enemy
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: engage / prosecute / pursue = carry out or participate in an activity
  9. cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer desktop
  10. change one's body stance so that the forward shoulder and foot are closer to the intended point of impact
    • domain: ball game / ballgame
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  11. come together, as if in an embrace
    • example: Her arms closed around her long lost relative
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of close: come together
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  12. draw near
  13. bring together all the elements or parts of
    • example: Management closed ranks
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: join = cause to become joined or linked
  14. bar access to
  15. fill or stop up
    • example: Can you close the cracks with caulking?
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of close: fill up
    • more generic word: fill = plug with a substance
    • more specific terms:
  16. unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of
    • examples: close the circuit | close a wound | close a book | close up an umbrella
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of close: close up
    • more generic word: join = cause to become joined or linked
  17. finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead
    • example: The relief pitcher closed with two runs in the second inning
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: complete / finish = come or bring to a finish or an end

Alternative definition of the verb close

verb

  1. To obstruct (an opening).
  2. To move so that an opening is closed.
  3. To put an end to.
  4. To make (e.g. a gap) smaller.
  5. [surveying] To have a vector sum of 0; that is, to form a closed polygon.
  6. [marketing] To make a sale.
  7. [baseball, pitching] To make the final outs, usually three, of a game.
  8. [computing] To terminate a computer program or a window or file thereof.

Person

Who is Close?

Close was an English first-class cricketer associated with Marylebone Cricket Club who was active in the 1810s. He is recorded in one match in 1817, totalling 2 runs with a highest score of 2.

  • born in (226 years ago) in England
  • nationality: England
  • profession: Cricketer

Group

CLOSE is a musical group.

  • albums: "For you...", "RAZE", "I believe", "このまま", "Tomorrow", "So Close", "理性-no Control-", "Until eternity", "Love you"

Music

  1. "Close" is the sixth studio album by Kim Wilde, released in mid 1988.
  2. "Close" is a song by British record producer Sub Focus. It was released on 21 April 2014 as the seventh single from his second studio album Torus. The song featured vocals from British singer-songwriter and musician MNEK in the album version. The vocals on the single version are performed by session vocalist Daniel Pearce. The new vocals were re-produced by Hal Ritson, who also provided backing vocals.
  3. "Close" is a musical single of Submerse.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  4. "Close" is a musical single of Sci-Clone.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  5. "Close" is a musical album of Esbjörn Svensson & Lina Nyberg.
    • released in (23 years ago)
  6. "Close" is a musical EP of The Cadbury Sisters.
    • released on
  7. "Close" is a musical EP of Slow Skies.
    • released on
  8. "Close" is a musical EP of Hackman.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  9. "Close" is a musical single of Blur.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  10. "Close" is a musical album of The Cabriolets.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  11. "CLOSE" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  12. "Close" is a musical album of Borrowed Tunes.
    • released in (19 years ago)

Films

  1. "Close" is a 2013 short drama film written and directed by Geoffrey Taylor.
  2. "Close": The morning after a brief 'visit,' Angela prepares to leave ex-boyfriend Derek's apartment, but he's determined not to let her go so easily. A drama about a common moment in a relationship, CLOSE explores the intense frustration that comes when the person you desire does not see things your way. This film is competing in the Shadow and Act Digital Filmmaker Showcase, an online short film competition where viewers vote for their favorite films and the winning filmmakers receive cash prizes. If you like this film, please vote for it here.
    • also known as Pod Bluzka
    • country: Poland
    • language: Polish Language
    • director: Lucia Von Horn Pagano
    • location: Łódź
    • genres: LGBT, Romance Film, Drama
    • released in (8 years ago)
  3. "Close" a.k.a. "Close." is a 2010 short film directed by Tahir Jetter.
  4. "Close" is a film.
    • genre: Documentary film
    • released in

Miscellanea

close: For most file systems, a program terminates access to a file in a filesystem using the close system call. This flushes buffers, updates file metadata, de-allocates resources associated with the file and updates the system wide table of files in use. Some languages maintain a structure of files opened by its run-time library and may close when the program terminates. Some operating systems will invoke the close if the program terminates. Some operating systems will invoke the close as part of an operating system recovery as a result of a system failure.

Phrases with Close

Phrases starting with the word Close:

  1. close in
  2. close to
  3. close up
  4. Close-up
  5. close off
  6. close out
  7. close set
  8. Close-Mid
  9. close-set
  10. close call
  11. close down
  12. close-knit
  13. Close in on
  14. close order
  15. Close Ranks
  16. close shave

Phrases ending with the word Close:

  1. to close
  2. come close
  3. draw close
  4. hold close

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Close

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Google previewBearing the Unbearable (2015)

Trauma, Gospel, and Pastoral Care by Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger

Human closeness is experienced as being extremely dangerous because to be close means to be violated. Therefore, in such families the temptation to move compulsively away from the other is very great indeed. Unfortunately, cutting off ...

Google previewForgiveness and Truth (2002)

by Alistair McFadyen, Marcel Sarot

Human closeness is experienced as being extremely dangerous because to be close means to be violated. Therefore, in such families the temptation to move compulsively away from the other is very great indeed. Unfortunately, cutting off ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Technical Analysis (2000)

by Joel G. Siegel

2- ACCUMULATION VERSUS DISTRIBUTION Price correction Decreasing movement in accumulation/distribution The formula for calculating accumulation/distribution is: Volume x <(close - low) - (high-close)/(high - low)> A part of ...

Google previewMongolian English Dictionary (2013)

by Bawden,

near, nearby, close, ~ дотно (~ дотнын) intimate, ...

Google previewThe Cooks and Confectioners Dictionary (1724)

Or, The Accomplish'd Housewives Companion ... by John Nott

ill the Pieces close with Tape or Flag, season them very well with Salt ; boil them for an Hour and half, scumming off the Oil all the time ; and keep supplying the Liquor with hot Water, as it boils away; or else the Sturgeon will be rusty. 156.

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

See also closed area; prohibited area; restricted area. danger close — In close air support, artillery, mortar, and naval gunfire support fires, it is the term ...

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Usage statistics about close

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the adjective close:

spoken English32.64%written English67.36% imaginative writing54.91%informational writing45.09%

Usage statistics for the verb close:

imaginative writing72.19%informational writing27.81%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun close:

finaleclosingcloseendingfinishconclusionend

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective close:

snugstuffyskinnytightnearclose

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb close:

foldshutconcludeclose

Comparison of usage frequency between the verb close and its most common antonym:

openclose

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Quotes about Close

the pastor
he shows us a mirror
puts his face close to it
saying 'How close you wish
god to be near you is how close
you wish to come near him'. (John Tiong Chunghoo)
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Scrabble value of C3L1O1S1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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