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Meaning of “closely” in the English Dictionary

"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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closely adverb (CAREFULLY)

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

closely adverb (SIMILAR)

without a ​bigdifference between two ​people, ​groups, or things: The two ​teams are closely ​matched. It was a closely ​foughtelection.

closely adverb (SECRETIVE)

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

closely adverb (NEAR)

C1 not ​far in ​time or ​position: The ​Swissboat is in the ​lead, ​followed closely by the ​French.
(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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