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English definition of “close”

close

verb [I/T] (MAKE NOT OPEN)   /kloʊz/
to change from being open to not being open, or to cause this to happen: [T] Come in and close the door. [T] Because of an accident, police closed (= blocked) two lanes of the expressway. [T] Grace closed her eyes to think.
(Definition of close verb (MAKE NOT OPEN) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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