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1 only a short distance away or apart in space or time: the hotel is close to the sea her birthday and mine were close together why don’t we go straight to the shops, as we’re so close? with very little or no space in between; dense: cloth with a close weave this work occupies over 1,300 pages of close print narrowly enclosed: animals in close confinement
very near to (being or doing something): on a good day the climate in LA is close to perfection she was close to tears (with reference to a competitive situation) involving only a small margin between winner and loser: the race will be a close contest she finished a close second 2 [attributive ] denoting a family member who is part of a person’s immediate family, typically a parent or sibling: the family history of cancer in close relatives on very affectionate or intimate terms: they had always been very close, with no secrets at all (of a connection or resemblance) strong: the college has close links with many other institutions 3 (of observation, examination, etc.) done in a careful and thorough way: pay close attention to what your body is telling you about yourself carefully guarded: his whereabouts are a close secret not willing to give away money or information; secretive: you’re very close about your work, aren’t you?
4 uncomfortably humid or airless: a close, hazy day it was very close in the dressing room
very near to someone or something; with very little space between: they stood close to the door he was holding her close
a residential street without through access: she lives at 12 Goodwood Close the precinct surrounding a cathedral. a playing field at certain traditional English public schools. Scottish an entry from the street to a common stairway or to a court at the back of a building.