VERBS be | draw, get She grew increasingly nervous as the date of the audition drew closer. | keep, stay Keep close to me.
ADV. extremely, very | fairly, quite | together Their birthdays are very close together.
PREP. to Get close to the microphone.
2 friendly and loving
VERBS be, feel, seem The two sisters seemed very close. | become, grow After the death of their parents the two children grew very close. | remain
ADV. very | quite
PREP. to He was quite close to his older brother.
VERB + CLOSE bring sth to The chairperson brought the meeting to a close. | come to, draw to The decade drew to a close with the threat of war hanging over Europe.
PREP. at/by/towards the ~ of At the close of trading, he had lost thousands of pounds on the stock market.
1 door, book, eyes, etc.
ADV. firmly, tightly He closed the door firmly.
2 shop, business, road, etc.
ADV. permanently, temporarily | down, off, up That factory's been closed down now.
PREP. to The museum has been temporarily closed to the public.