English adverb: close up
|1.||close up very close|
|Samples||Without my reading glasses I can hardly see things close up.|
Even firing at close range he missed.
|Synonyms||at close range|
English verb: close up
|1.||close up (social) cease to operate or cause to cease operating|
|Samples||The owners decided to move and to close the factory.|
My business closes every night at 8 P.M..
Close up the shop.
|Synonyms||close, close down, fold, shut down|
|Pattern of use||Something ----s.|
Somebody ----s something
|Narrower (hyponym)||adjourn, retire, withdraw|
|Antonyms||open, open up|
|2.||close up (contact) block passage through|
|Samples||Obstruct the path.|
|Synonyms||block, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----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|
|3.||close up (contact) unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of|
|Samples||Close the circuit.|
Close a wound.
Close a book.
Close up an umbrella.
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s something|
|Broader (hypernym)||bring together, join|
|4.||close up (communication) refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent|
|Samples||The children shut up when their father approached.|
|Synonyms||be quiet, belt up, button up, clam up, dummy up, keep mum, shut up|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s|