Meaning of “closely” in the English Dictionary

"closely" in British English

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uk /ˈkləʊ us /ˈkloʊ

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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  • The euro has closely shadowed the dollar.
  • Because they worked so closely in the same department, John was tarred with the same brush as Tim.
  • He has been closely associated with the museum for many years.
  • She has been closely associated with racist organizations in the past.
  • We have remained closely in touch over the years.

(Definition of “closely” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"closely" in American English

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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.

(Definition of “closely” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)