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English definition of “close”

close

adjective, adverb (NEAR)    /kləʊs/ US  /kloʊs/
A1 not far in position or time: Don't get too close to that dog, Rosie. I hate people standing too close to me. As Christmas gets closer, the shops get more and more crowded. Emma looked close to tears (= almost going to cry).Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happen close by near: Shall we call in on Miranda? You know she lives quite close by.Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happen
(Definition of close adjectiveadverb (NEAR) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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