Definition of close to (or close on) in English:

close to (or close on)

phrase

  • (of an amount) almost; very nearly.

    ‘he spent close to 30 years in jail’
    • ‘It made the Mughal army supremely powerful and effective for close on 150 years.’
    • ‘Before the end of the weekend it is estimated that he lost close to a million pounds in deals.’
    • ‘My band has spent close on a year recording our first album.’
    • ‘When you add up both candidates' programmes, they amount to close on $3 trillion each.’
    • ‘I moved down to Durham, North Carolina and was there for close to 5 months.’