close to (someone or something)

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close to (someone or something)

1. verb To exclude one from something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "close" and "to." This is an advanced class, so it is closed to freshmen.
2. adjective Near or similar to something. This usage can be applied to physical closeness or to more abstract ideas, like personal attributes. You're too close to the curb, so pull the car up a little. In terms of talent, Darrell doesn't even come close to you!
3. adjective Having a very friendly relationship with someone. I was very close to Patty when we were kids, but I haven't talked to her in years.
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*close to someone or something

 
1. near someone or something. (*Typically: get ~; stand ~; sit ~; move ~.) Don't get close to me. I have a cold. If you get close to the fire, you may get burned.
2. approximating someone or something in some quality or measure. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) This brand of frozen fish does not even get close to that brand in flavor and freshness. Tom doesn't even get close to Nancy when it comes to artistic ability.
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*close to someone

friendly or intimate with someone. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) She is very shy and really won't let anyone get close to her. It is difficult to get close to a loner like Wally.
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close something to someone

to prevent someone or some type of person from participating in or attending something. We closed membership to anyone who signed up late. They had to close the registration to nonresidents.
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close to (or close on)

(of an amount) almost; very nearly.
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close ˈto

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close ˈup

in a position very near to something: The picture looks very different when you see it close to.
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References in classic literature ?
Again he drew her close to him and covered her willing lips with his hot kisses.
Tom's turn came last, and meanwhile he was all eyes, looking first with awe at the great man, who sat close to him, and was helped first, and who read a hard-looking book all the time he was eating; and when he got up and walked off to the fire, at the small boys round him, some of whom were reading, and the rest talking in whispers to one another, or stealing one another's bread, or shooting pellets, or digging their forks through the tablecloth.
The lines are thickest close to him, but young Brooke and two or three of his men are shifting up farther, where the opposite line is weak.
He noticed, however, that Akut kept always close to him, and was often looking at him with a strange wonder in his little bloodshot eyes, and once he did a thing that Tarzan during all his long years among the apes had never before seen an ape do--he found a particularly tender morsel and handed it to Tarzan.