English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'close'

(adjective) 
Definition
near in space or time
The hotel is close to Sydney airport.
Synonyms
near
The town is very near.
Where's the nearest hospital?
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neighbouring
More parents are sending their children to schools in neighbouring areas.
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nearby
At a nearby table a man was complaining in a loud voice.
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handy
This lively town is handy for Londoners.
Keep a pencil and paper handy.
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adjacent
The fire quickly spread to adjacent shops.
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adjoining
We waited in an adjoining office.
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hard by
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just round the corner
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within striking distance (informal)
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cheek by jowl
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proximate
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within spitting distance (informal)
a restaurant within spitting distance of the Tower of London
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within sniffing distance
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a hop, skip and a jump away
Opposites
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far away
,
far off
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(adjective) 
Definition
intimate
She and Linda became very close.
Synonyms
intimate
I discussed this only with my intimate friends.
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loving
a loving husband and father
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friendly
a friendly atmosphere
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familiar
the old familiar relationship
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thick (informal)
You're thick with the new student, aren't you?
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devoted
a loving and devoted father
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inseparable
The two girls were inseparable.
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dear
Mrs Cavendish is a dear friend of mine.
Opposites
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alienated
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standoffish
(adjective) 
Definition
not deviating or varying greatly from something
There is a close resemblance between them.
Synonyms
noticeable
These changes have had no noticeable effect on productivity.
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marked
There has been a marked increase in crimes against property.
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strong
She spoke English with a strong French accent.
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distinct
There was a distinct change in her attitude.
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pronounced
Most of the exhibition has a pronounced Scottish theme.
(adjective) 
Definition
careful, strict, or searching
His recent actions have been the subject of close scrutiny.
Synonyms
careful
He decided to prosecute her after careful consideration of all the facts.
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detailed
a detailed account of the discussions
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searching
asking searching questions
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intense
The battle for third place was intense.
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minute
We will have to pore over this report in minute detail.
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alert
He had been spotted by an alert neighbour.
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intent
She looked from one intent face to another.
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thorough
The men were expert, thorough and careful.
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rigorous
He is rigorous in his control of expenditure.
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attentive
I wish you would be more attentive to detail.
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painstaking
Police carried out a painstaking search of the area.
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(adjective) 
Definition
almost equal
It is still a close contest between the two leading parties.
Synonyms
even
It was an even game.
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level
The teams were level at the end of extra time.
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neck and neck
The two main parties were almost neck and neck in the polls.
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fifty-fifty (informal)
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evenly matched
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equally balanced
(adjective) 
Definition
near or in proximity
A White House official said an agreement is close.
Synonyms
imminent
They warned that an attack is imminent.
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near
Departure time was near.
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approaching
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impending
He had told us that morning of his impending marriage.
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at hand
Retirement was at hand.
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upcoming
We'll face a tough fight in the upcoming election.
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nigh
The end of the world is nigh.
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just round the corner
Opposites
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far away
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far off
(adjective) 
Definition
oppressive, heavy, or airless
They sat in that hot, close room for two hours.
Synonyms
stifling
The stifling heat of the little room was beginning to make me nauseous.
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oppressive
The oppressive afternoon heat had quite tired me out.
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suffocating
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stuffy
It was hot and stuffy in the classroom.
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sweltering
It was an unimpressive contest in sweltering heat.
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airless
a dark, airless room
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muggy
It was muggy and overcast.
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unventilated
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heavy
The air outside was heavy and moist and sultry.
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Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
careful, strict, or searching
The poem is a close translation from the original Latin.
Synonyms
accurate
a more accurate description of the terrain
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strict
the strictest sense of the word
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exact
I can't remember the exact words he used.
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precise
We will never know the precise details of his death.
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faithful
His screenplay is faithful to the novel.
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literal
a literal translation
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conscientious
She is generally very conscientious about her work.
(adjective) 
Definition
secretive or reticent
The Colonel was very close about certain episodes in his past.
Synonyms
secretive
He was very secretive about his plans.
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private
Gould was an intensely private individual.
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reticent
She is so reticent about her achievements.
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taciturn
A taciturn man, he replied to my questions in monosyllables.
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uncommunicative
My daughter is very difficult, uncommunicative and moody.
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unforthcoming
10 (adjective) 
Definition
miserly
She is very close with money.
Synonyms
mean
Don't be mean with the fabric, or the curtains will end up looking skimpy.
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stingy
My dad was stingy with pocket money.
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parsimonious
the stereotype of the dour and parsimonious Scotsman
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miserly
He is miserly with both his time and his money.
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niggardly
Officials say the EU is being particularly niggardly with these funds.
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ungenerous
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tight-fisted
the government's tight-fisted monetary policy
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mingy (British, informal)
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tight as a duck's arse (taboo, slang)
Opposites
11 (adjective) 
Definition
near to the surface
Three bombers flew overhead in close formation.
Synonyms
compact
a thick, bare trunk crowned by a compact mass of dark-green leaves
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crowded
The street was crowded and noisy.
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packed
The streets were packed with people.
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tight
His jeans were too tight.
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cropped
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solid
a tunnel carved through 50ft of solid rock
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thick
He led the rescuers through the thick undergrowth.
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dense
a large, dense forest
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cramped
There are hundreds of families living in cramped conditions.
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impenetrable
The range forms an impenetrable barrier between Europe and Asia.
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congested
Some areas are congested with both cars and people.
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jam-packed
His room was jam-packed with fruit, flowers, gifts etc.
Opposites
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uncrowded
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uncongested
(verb) 
Definition
to shut
If you are cold, close the window.
Synonyms
shut
Just make sure you shut the gate after you.
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lock
Are you sure you locked the front door?
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push to
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fasten
He fastened the door behind him.
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secure
With a discreet click he secured the lock.
Opposites
(verb) 
Definition
to cease or cause to cease giving service
Many enterprises will be forced to close because of the recession.
Synonyms
shut down
Smaller constructors had been forced to shut down.
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cease
A small number of firms have ceased trading.
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discontinue
Do not discontinue the treatment without consulting your doctor.
(verb) 
Definition
to end
There are rumours of plans to close the local college.
Synonyms
wind up
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finish
The teaching day finished at around 4pm.
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axe (informal)
Community projects are being axed by the government.
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shut down
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terminate
His contract terminates at the end of the season.
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mothball
(verb) 
Definition
to bar, obstruct, or fill up (an entrance, a hole, etc.)
The government has closed the border crossing.
Synonyms
block up
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seal
A woman picks them up and seals them in plastic bags.
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shut up
Opposites
(verb) 
Definition
to end
He closed the meeting with his customary address.
Synonyms
end
The book ends on a lengthy description of Hawaii.
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finish
He was cheered when he finished his speech.
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complete
He had just completed his first novel.
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conclude
They concluded their annual summit meeting today.
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wind up
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culminate
The parade will culminate in a firework display.
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terminate
Her next remark abruptly terminated the conversation.
Opposites
(verb) 
Definition
(of agreements or deals) to complete or be completed successfully
I need another $30,000 to close the deal.
Synonyms
clinch
We are about to clinch a deal with an American manufacturer.
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confirm
He has confirmed his position as the world's number one snooker player.
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conclude
If the clubs cannot conclude a deal, an independent tribunal will decide.
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seal
The group has sealed a deal to sell its products in China.
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verify
A clerk simply verifies that the payment and invoice amount match.
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sew up (informal)
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close out
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set the seal on
(verb) 
Definition
to take hold
His fingers closed around the door handle.
Synonyms
come together
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join
The opened link is used to join the two ends of the chain.
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connect
You can connect the machine to your hi-fi.
Opposites
(noun) 
Definition
the end or conclusion
Her retirement brings to a close a successful chapter in the school's history.
Synonyms
end
His big scene comes towards the end of the film.
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ending
The film has a Hollywood happy ending.
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finish
I intend to see the job through to the finish.
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conclusion
At the conclusion of the programme, viewers were invited to phone in.
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completion
The project is near completion.
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finale
It was a sad finale to a spectacular career.
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culmination
This week's events are the culmination of a long-running row between the two countries.
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denouement
an unexpected denouement to the affair

Additional synonyms

in the sense of adjacent
Definition
near or next
The fire quickly spread to adjacent shops.
in the sense of adjoining
We waited in an adjoining office.
Synonyms
connecting,
joined,
joining,
bordering,
next door,
interconnecting,
contiguous (formal)
in the sense of airless
Definition
lacking fresh air
a dark, airless room
Synonyms
suffocating,
unventilated

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