Definition of close-up in US English:



  • 1A photograph, movie, or video taken at close range and showing the subject on a large scale.

    ‘a close-up of her face’
    ‘they see themselves in close-up’
    as modifier ‘a close-up view’
    • ‘The beginning of the film shows a selection of different modes of transport, all in close-up and fragmented.’
    • ‘If you take close-ups only occasionally, a simple set of screw-on close-up filters will provide an inexpensive solution.’
    • ‘He decided, on the spur of the moment, to photograph their bodies in close-up.’
    • ‘Apparently the highlight of the film is a long close-up of a turtle eating grapes.’
    • ‘That's why, after a certain number of films, I couldn't stand looking at myself in close-up.’
    • ‘Her photographs are mainly close-ups of trees, but also include patterns found on weathered concrete or left behind by removed posters.’
    • ‘Images - including stark close-ups of people - are in crisp black and white.’
    • ‘Wide shots of the men on the mountain are used, while actors play the pair in close-up scenes filmed in the European Alps.’
    • ‘The film is a slow zoom from an extreme wide shot of a room into an extreme close-up of a single image.’
    • ‘He toured the eerily dark and vacant structure to get a close-up view of the damage.’
    • ‘Lying among the barberfish, I was able to get good close-up photographs even with my super-wide-angle lens.’
    • ‘Cinematically put, you have to shoot at once in close-up and with a wide-angle lens.’
    • ‘If I missed a detail I would go back and film a close-up or something to help link the images.’
    • ‘The film begins with a close-up of an eye, one of several repeated motifs.’
    • ‘The expressions on the faces of the players in close-up provoke emotion in the audience.’
    • ‘We see images of a panther and a tiger in close-up pacing their cages.’
    • ‘The predominant use of close-ups and extreme close-ups throughout the film also expresses this excess.’
    • ‘As I positioned myself for some close-ups, my film ran out and I whipped out another reel to reload.’
    • ‘We did so, and moved towards the nearest exit that would still allow us a close-up view of the fireworks.’
    • ‘Views shift from close-ups to vistas and from one angle of vision to another, as if captured by a peripatetic camera.’
    • ‘The camera stays in close-up as it follows her walking down the street.’
    1. 1.1 An intimate and detailed description or study.
      as modifier ‘the book's close-up account of the violence’
      • ‘Here's a close-up view of your habits - what drives you to eat, overeat or even undereat.’
      • ‘This book consists of close-up reporting, deploying a novelist's eye for detail and ear for dialogue.’
      • ‘Hers is an intimate, common and close-up portrayal, full of everyday happenings and concerns.’
      • ‘The close-up reporting that follows is detailed and selective in its focus.’