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English definition of “closely”

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.

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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