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closely

adverb  us   /ˈkloʊs·li/

closely adverb (CAREFULLY)

[not gradable] while giving your full attention to something so that you notice its details: We watched her closely to make sure her fever did not go up again. Economists closely follow auto sales.

closely adverb (CONNECTEDLY)

[not gradable] in a way that connects or involves you in a strong relationship with someone: We worked together closely for years. The city and the air force base have been closely linked since 1943.

closely adverb (NEAR)

near in position, time, or condition: We had to huddle more closely together.
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