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English adverb: close up

1. close up very close

SamplesWithout my reading glasses I can hardly see things close up.
Even firing at close range he missed.

Synonymsat close range

English verb: close up

1. close up (social) cease to operate or cause to cease operating

SamplesThe owners decided to move and to close the factory.
My business closes every night at 8 P.M..
Close up the shop.

Synonymsclose, close down, fold, shut down

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)adjourn, retire, withdraw

Antonymsopen, open up

2. close up (contact) block passage through

SamplesObstruct the path.

Synonymsblock, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hinder, impede

Narrower (hyponym)asphyxiate, back up, bar, barricade, barricade, barricade, barricado, block, block off, block off, block out, block up, blockade, blockade, choke, choke, choke off, clog, clog up, congest, dam, dam up, earth up, foul, land up, screen, stifle, stop, suffocate, tie up

Antonymsdisengage, free

3. close up (contact) unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of

SamplesClose the circuit.
Close a wound.
Close a book.
Close up an umbrella.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring together, join

4. close up (communication) refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent

SamplesThe children shut up when their father approached.

Synonymsbe quiet, belt up, button up, clam up, dummy up, keep mum, shut up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Antonymsopen up

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