Definition and Meanings for close

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Part of Speech of close

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun, intransitive verb, adjective, comparative, superlative, adverb

Etymology of close

from of. & f. clos, p. p. of clore to close, fr. l. claudere; akin to g. schliessen to shut, and to e. clot, cloister, clavicle, conclude, sluice. cf. clause, n.pos of. & f. clos an inclosure, fr. clos, p. p. of clore. see close, v. t.pos of. & f. clos, p. p. of clore. see close, v. t.pos

Meaning of close


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun

  • to stop, or fill up, as an opening; to shut; as, to close the eyes; to close a door.
  • to bring together the parts of; to consolidate; as, to close the ranks of an army; -- often used with up.
  • to bring to an end or period; to conclude; to complete; to finish; to end; to consummate; as, to close a bargain; to close a course of instruction.
  • to come or gather around; to inclose; to encompass; to confine.

as intransitive verb

  • to come together; to unite or coalesce, as the parts of a wound, or parts separated.
  • to end, terminate, or come to a period; as, the debate closed at six o'clock.
  • to grapple; to engage in hand-to-hand fight.

as noun

  • the manner of shutting; the union of parts; junction.
  • conclusion; cessation; ending; end.
  • a grapple in wrestling.
  • the conclusion of a strain of music; cadence.;a double bar marking the end.

as noun, transitive verb

  • an inclosed place; especially, a small field or piece of land surrounded by a wall, hedge, or fence of any kind; -- specifically, the precinct of a cathedral or abbey.
  • a narrow passage leading from a street to a court, and the houses within.
  • the interest which one may have in a piece of ground, even though it is not inclosed.

as adjective, comparative, superlative, transitive verb

  • shut fast; closed; tight; as, a close box.
  • narrow; confined; as, a close alley; close quarters.
  • oppressive; without motion or ventilation; causing a feeling of lassitude; -- said of the air, weather, etc.
  • strictly confined; carefully quarded; as, a close prisoner.
  • out of the way observation; secluded; secret; hidden.
  • disposed to keep secrets; secretive; reticent.
  • having the parts near each other; dense; solid; compact; as applied to bodies; viscous; tenacious; not volatile, as applied to liquids.
  • concise; to the point; as, close reasoning.
  • adjoining; near; either in space; time, or thought; -- often followed by to.
  • short; as, to cut grass or hair close.
  • intimate; familiar; confidential.
  • nearly equal; almost evenly balanced; as, a close vote.
  • difficult to obtain; as, money is close.
  • parsimonious; stingy.
  • adhering strictly to a standard or original; exact; strict; as, a close translation.
  • accurate; careful; precise; also, attentive; undeviating; strict; not wandering; as, a close observer.
  • uttered with a relatively contracted opening of the mouth, as certain sounds of e and o in french, italian, and german; -- opposed to open.

as adverb

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