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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.


Synonymsclose


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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