Synonyms of close in English

: close1close2

close1


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

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

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

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

: close1close2

close2


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

make airtight, make watertight

pack, stuff

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

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’

      See close
    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