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adjective, adverb [-er/-est only]  us   /kloʊs/

close adjective, adverb [-er/-est only] (NEAR)

near in position, time, or condition: The store was close by, so they decided to walk. It’s close to 7 o’clock – we’d better leave now. The child moved closer to his mother. She was very close to death for awhile.
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close

adjective  us   /kloʊs/

close adjective (CONNECTED)

[-er/-est only] connected or involved in strong relationship with someone: Charmaine is my closest friend. Joyce and I used to be close, but now we seldom see each other.

close adjective (SIMILAR)

[-er/-est only] similar; of the same type: Your computer is pretty close to the one I have. [-er/-est only] If a game or competition is close, both sides have almost the same score.

close adjective (CAREFUL)

[-er/-est only] giving your full attention to something so that you notice its details: I wasn’t the one driving, so I wasn’t paying close attention to the route we took.

close adjective (WARM)

[not gradable] very warm, with no movement of air: It was uncomfortably close in the gym.
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