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Definition of Close


  1. To stop, or fill up, as an opening; to shut; as, to close the eyes; to close a door.
  2. To bring together the parts of; to consolidate; as, to close the ranks of an army; -- often used with up.
  3. 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.
  4. To come or gather around; to inclose; to encompass; to confine.
  5. To come together; to unite or coalesce, as the parts of a wound, or parts separated.
  6. To end, terminate, or come to a period; as, the debate closed at six o'clock.
  7. To grapple; to engage in hand-to-hand fight.
  8. The manner of shutting; the union of parts; junction.
  9. Conclusion; cessation; ending; end.
  10. A grapple in wrestling.
  11. The conclusion of a strain of music; cadence.
  12. A double bar marking the end.
  13. 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.
  14. A narrow passage leading from a street to a court, and the houses within.
  15. The interest which one may have in a piece of ground, even though it is not inclosed.
  16. Shut fast; closed; tight; as, a close box.
  17. Narrow; confined; as, a close alley; close quarters.
  18. Oppressive; without motion or ventilation; causing a feeling of lassitude; -- said of the air, weather, etc.
  19. Strictly confined; carefully quarded; as, a close prisoner.
  20. Out of the way observation; secluded; secret; hidden.
  21. Disposed to keep secrets; secretive; reticent.
  22. Having the parts near each other; dense; solid; compact; as applied to bodies; viscous; tenacious; not volatile, as applied to liquids.
  23. Concise; to the point; as, close reasoning.
  24. Adjoining; near; either in space; time, or thought; -- often followed by to.
  25. Short; as, to cut grass or hair close.
  26. Intimate; familiar; confidential.
  27. Nearly equal; almost evenly balanced; as, a close vote.
  28. Difficult to obtain; as, money is close.
  29. Parsimonious; stingy.
  30. Adhering strictly to a standard or original; exact; strict; as, a close translation.
  31. Accurate; careful; precise; also, attentive; undeviating; strict; not wandering; as, a close observer.
  32. Uttered with a relatively contracted opening of the mouth, as certain sounds of e and o in French, Italian, and German; -- opposed to open.
  33. In a close manner.
  34. Secretly; darkly.

Close Quotations

I close my eyes, then I drift away, into the magic night I softly say. A silent prayer, like dreamers do, then I fall asleep to dream my dreams of you.
Roy Orbison

The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.
Pope John Paul II

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.
Johnny Cash

You can close your eyes to reality but not to memories.
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

Close friends contribute to our personal growth. They also contribute to our personal pleasure, making the music sound sweeter, the wine taste richer, the laughter ring louder because they are there.
Judith Viorst
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Close Translations

close in Afrikaans is innig, toemaak, eerskomende, naby, aanstaande, na
close in Dutch is dichtmaken, dichtdoen, sluiten
close in Italian is argomentare, chiudere, ostruire
close in Latin is propter, termino, claudo (clausus), propinquus
close in Portuguese is fim, fechar
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