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"closely" in British English

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closelyadverb

uk   /ˈkləʊs.li/  us   /ˈkloʊs-/
  • closely adverb (RELATIONSHIP)

B2 in a way that is ​directlyconnected or has a ​strongrelationship: 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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(Definition of closely from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"closely" in American English

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closelyadverb

 us   /ˈkloʊs·li/
  • closely adverb (CAREFULLY)

[not gradable] while giving ​yourfullattention to something so that you ​noticeitsdetails: We ​watched her closely to make ​sure her ​fever did not go up again. Economists closely ​followautosales.
  • closely adverb (CONNECTEDLY)

[not gradable] in a way that ​connects or ​involves you in a ​strongrelationship with someone: We ​worked together closely for ​years. The ​city and the ​airforcebase have been closely ​linked since 1943.
  • closely adverb (NEAR)

near in ​position, ​time, or ​condition: We had to ​huddle more closely together.
(Definition of closely from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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