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closet

noun [C] uk   /ˈklɒz.ɪt/ us    /ˈklɑː.zɪt/ mainly US
A2 a cupboard or a small room with a door, used for storing things, especially clothes: a bedroom/linen/storage closet

closet

verb [T usually passive] uk   /ˈklɒz.ɪt/ us    /ˈklɑː.zɪt/
to put yourself in a place, especially a closed space, and stay there: Two weeks before my exams I closeted myself (away) in my room with my books and I didn't speak to anyone. The president is closeted with (= having a private meeting with) his advisers.

closet

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈklɒz.ɪt/ us    /ˈklɑː.zɪt/
describes a belief, activity, or feeling that is kept secret from the public, usually because you are frightened of the results of it becoming known: a closet alcoholic/homosexual Dole portrayed the president in campaign speeches as a "closet liberal".
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