Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “close”

close

adjective, adverb [-er/-est only]  /kloʊs/ us  

close adjective, adverb [-er/-est only] (NEAR)

near in position, time, or condition: The store was close by, so they decided to walk. It’s close to 7 o’clock – we’d better leave now. The child moved closer to his mother. She was very close to death for awhile.
Idioms

close

adjective  /kloʊs/ us  

close adjective (CONNECTED)

[-er/-est only] connected or involved in strong relationship with someone: Charmaine is my closest friend. Joyce and I used to be close, but now we seldom see each other.

close adjective (SIMILAR)

[-er/-est only] similar; of the same type: Your computer is pretty close to the one I have. [-er/-est only] If a game or competition is close, both sides have almost the same score.

close adjective (CAREFUL)

[-er/-est only] giving your full attention to something so that you notice its details: I wasn’t the one driving, so I wasn’t paying close attention to the route we took.

close adjective (WARM)

[not gradable] very warm, with no movement of air: It was uncomfortably close in the gym.
(Definition of close adjective, adverb, adjective from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of close?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “close” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

monster

any imaginary frightening creature, especially one that is large and strange

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More