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closely

adverb uk   /ˈkləʊs.li/ us    /ˈkloʊs-/

closely adverb (RELATIONSHIP)

B2 in a way that is directly connected or has a strong relationship: English and German are closely related. Both politicians have been closely associated with the movement for some time. We are working closely with the police.
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closely adverb (CAREFULLY)

C1 carefully and paying attention to details: Pollution levels are closely monitored. He looked again more closely at the marks.

closely adverb (SIMILAR)

without a big difference between two people, groups, or things: The two teams are closely matched. It was a closely fought election.

closely adverb (SECRETIVE)

in a way that tries hard to keep something secret: a closely guarded secret

closely adverb (NEAR)

C1 not far in time or position: The Swiss boat is in the lead, followed closely by the French.
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