Synonyms of close in English

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See definition of close

adjective

1‘the town is located close to Manchester's airport’

SYNONYMS
near, adjacent, in close proximity, close at hand, near at hand
not far from, in the vicinity of, in the neighbourhood of, within reach of, within close range of
neighbouring, hard by, adjoining, abutting, alongside, on the doorstep, within sight, within earshot, a stone's throw away
close by, nearby, at hand, at close quarters, contiguous, proximate
accessible, handy, convenient, walkable
informal within spitting distance, a hop, a skip, and a jump away, within sniffing distance
archaic nigh
ANTONYMS

far, distant, remote

2‘flying in close formation’

SYNONYMS
dense, compact, tight, close-packed, tightly packed, packed, solid, condensed, compressed, concentrated
crowded, cramped, crammed, congested, crushed, squeezed, jammed
ANTONYMS

sparse

3‘I was close to tears in the dressing room’

SYNONYMS
on the verge of, near, on the brink of, on the point of, within an ace of, in danger of

4‘Essex versus Bedfordshire should be a very close match’

SYNONYMS
evenly matched, even, well matched
neck and neck, side by side, nose to nose, with nothing to choose between them
hard-fought, sharply contested, nip and tuck
informal fifty-fifty, even-steven, even-stevens
ANTONYMS

one-sided

5‘not all elderly people have close relatives they might live with’

SYNONYMS
immediate, direct, near
ANTONYMS

distant

6‘they became close friends’

SYNONYMS
intimate, dear, bosom
close-knit, inseparable, attached, loving, devoted, faithful, constant
special, good, best, fast, firm, valued, treasured, cherished
informal matey, chummy, pally, thick as thieves, as thick as thieves
North American informal buddy-buddy, palsy-walsy
ANTONYMS

casual

7‘he bears a close resemblance to our school janitor’

SYNONYMS
strong, marked, distinct, pronounced
ANTONYMS

slight

8‘a close examination of the language of a text’

SYNONYMS
careful, detailed, thorough, minute, painstaking, meticulous, assiduous, diligent, rigorous, scrupulous, conscientious, attentive, focused, intent, concentrated, searching, methodical
ANTONYMS

casual

9‘we need to keep a close eye on the project’

SYNONYMS
vigilant, watchful, keen, alert

10‘a close translation of a French original’

SYNONYMS
strict, faithful, exact, precise, literal
word for word, verbatim
ANTONYMS

loose

11‘Woolley placed her under close arrest for mutiny’

SYNONYMS
carefully guarded, closely guarded, strict, tight

12‘he's usually pretty close about his clients' deals’

SYNONYMS
reticent, quiet, uncommunicative, unforthcoming, private, secretive, tight-lipped, close-mouthed, close-lipped, guarded, evasive
informal playing one's cards close to one's chest

13‘Sylvie was close with money’

SYNONYMS
mean, miserly, niggardly, parsimonious, penny-pinching, cheese-paring, ungenerous, illiberal
informal tight-fisted, stingy, tight, mingy
ANTONYMS

generous

14‘the weather was hot and close’

SYNONYMS
humid, muggy, stuffy, airless, fuggy, heavy, sticky, steamy, clammy, sultry, oppressive, stifling, suffocating, like a Turkish bath, like a sauna
unventilated
British dialect claggy
ANTONYMS

fresh


noun

1‘a small close of semi-detached houses’

SYNONYMS
street, road, cul-de-sac
courtyard, quadrangle, enclosure, piazza

Synonyms of close in English

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See definition of close

verb

1‘she closed the door’

SYNONYMS
shut, draw to, pull to, push to, slam
fasten, secure, lock, bolt, bar, latch, padlock
put up the shutter
ANTONYMS

open, unlock

2‘close the hole with a plug of cotton wool’

SYNONYMS
block, block off, block up, stop up, plug, seal, seal off, seal up, shut off, shut up, cork, stopper, bung, bung up
make airtight, make watertight
fill, fill up, pack, stuff
clog, clog up, choke, obstruct, occlude
North American stopple
ANTONYMS

open, unblock

3‘there were a group of aircraft about 130 miles away and closing fast’

SYNONYMS
catch up, creep up, near, approach, gain on someone, draw near, draw nearer, get near, get nearer, come near, come nearer, draw close, draw closer, get close, get closer, come close, come closer

4‘although unemployment here is still below the national average, the gap is closing’

SYNONYMS
narrow, lessen, become smaller, grow smaller, make smaller, dwindle, diminish, reduce, shrink, contract, constrict, become narrower, get narrower, make narrower
archaic straiten
ANTONYMS

widen

5‘his arms closed around her’

SYNONYMS
come together, join, connect, come into contact, unite, form a circle

6‘the chairman hastily closed the meeting’

SYNONYMS
end, bring to an end, come to an end, conclude, finish, terminate, wind up, break off, halt, call a halt to, discontinue, dissolve
adjourn, suspend, prorogue, recess
ANTONYMS

open, begin

7‘the factory is to close within two years’

SYNONYMS
cease activity, shut down, close down, cease production, cease operating, come to a halt, cease trading
fail, collapse, go out of business, crash, go under, go bankrupt, become insolvent, go into receivership, go into liquidation, be liquidated, be wound up, be closed, be closed down, be shut, be shut down
informal fold, flop, go broke, go bump, go to the wall, go bust
ANTONYMS

open

8‘it wouldn't be long before he closed a deal with one of the chain stores’

SYNONYMS
clinch, settle, secure, seal, set the seal on, confirm, guarantee, establish, transact, pull off, bring about, bring off
complete, conclude, fix, agree, finalize, shake hands on
informal wrap up

noun

1‘a statement was issued at the close of the talks’

SYNONYMS
end, finish, conclusion, termination, cessation, completion
culmination, finale, resolution, climax, denouement
informal wind-up
ANTONYMS

beginning


Phrases

    close down

    ‘the company closed down some years later’


    SYNONYMS

    close, shut down, cease activity, cease production, cease operating, come to a halt, cease trading

    fail, collapse, go out of business, crash, go under, go bankrupt, become insolvent, go into receivership, go into liquidation, be liquidated, be wound up, be closed, be closed down, be shut, be shut down

    informal

    fold, flop, go broke, go bump, go to the wall, go bust

    ANTONYMS

    open

    bring something to a close

    ‘he has now brought this series to a close’


    SYNONYMS

    bring to an end, finish, conclude, close, wind up, terminate, dissolve

    round off

    informal

    wrap up

    dated

    put a period to

    ANTONYMS

    start, begin, open