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Definition of "close" []

  • Being near in space or time. See Usage Note at redundancy. (adjective)
  • Being near in relationship: close relatives. (adjective)
  • Bound by mutual interests, loyalties, or affections; intimate: close friends. (adjective)
  • Having little or no space between elements or parts; tight and compact: a close weave. (adjective)
  • Being near the surface; short: a close haircut. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "close" in a sentence
  • "While "The Devil Inside" remains my favorite GRENDEL story-arc, "God and the Devil" is a close *close* second."
  • "The notes sung by the voices are usually close to each other in pitch, resulting in “tight” chords, or “close” harmony."
  • "The soldiers being close together, -- in _close order_, -- they form a compact body that is easily managed, and consequently that lends itself well to teaching the soldier habits of attention, precision, team-work and instant obedience to the voice of his commander."