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"closely" in British English

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closelyadverb

uk   /ˈkləʊs.li/  us   /ˈkloʊs.li/
  • 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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(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 your full attention to something so that you notice its details: We watched her closely to make sure her fever did not go up again. Economists closely follow auto sales.
  • closely adverb (CONNECTEDLY)

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

near in position, time, or condition: We had to huddle more closely together.
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