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English definition of “close”

close

adjective
 
 
/kləʊs/
DISTANCE A1 near in distance: His house is close to the airport.Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happen
TIME A1 near in time: It was close to lunchtime when we arrived.Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happen
FRIENDLY A2 If people are close, they know each other very well and like each other a lot: close friends I'm very close to my brother.Friendly
RELATIVE [always before noun] B1 A close relative is someone who is directly related to you, for example your mother, father, or brother.Family relations in general
RELATIONSHIP seeing or talking with someone a lot: Our school has close links with a school in China. I'm still in close contact with my school friends.Friendly
be/come close to doing sth to almost achieve or do something: We are close to reaching an agreement.AchievableAlmostMerely and barely
be close to sth If someone or something is close to a particular state, they are almost in that state: She was close to tears.AlmostMerely and barely
COMPETITION B2 A close game, competition, etc is one in which people's scores are nearly the same.Scoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeated
CAREFUL [always before noun] looking at or listening to someone or something very carefully: On close inspection, you could see that the painting was a fake. Keep a close watch on the children (= watch them carefully).Paying attention and being carefulCautious and vigilant
WEATHER Close weather is too warm and there is not enough fresh air.Sultriness and humidityHot and heat
closeness noun [U] → See also a close call, a close shave
(Definition of close adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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