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English definition of “closely”

closely

adverb (NEAR)    /ˈkləʊs.li/ US  /ˈkloʊs-/
C1 not far in time or position : The Swiss boat is in the lead , followed closely by the French .Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happen
(Definition of closely adverb (NEAR) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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