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


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 ?
Should any unwarrantably pert young Leviathan coming that way, presume to draw confidentially close to one of the ladies, with what prodigious fury the
Such things are sometimes hidden among the sunny fields and behind the blossoming orchards; and the sound of the gurgling brook, if you came close to one spot behind a small bush, would be mingled for your ear with a despairing human sob.
The thin silk of the sleeping-suit tore out: Hans stepped back unconcernedly, to pluck a banana from a bunch hanging close to one of the boats.
He came at last to the pile of blankets spread upon several rugs close to one of the tent walls.
This tribe lived largely upon the smaller animals which they bowled over with their stone hatchets after making a wide circle about their quarry and driving it so that it had to pass close to one of their number.
Of course, it was nothing at all to me; yet, for some unaccountable reason, the sight of the two of them sitting there so close to one another and seeming to be enjoying each other's society to such a degree irritated me tremendously, and put me in such a bad humor that I took no pleasure whatsoever in the last few hours of the crossing.
But Tobin sticks close to one side of him and me at the other.
Well, I had come close to one of these turns, when, feeling forward as usual, my hand slipped upon an edge and found nothing but emptiness beyond it.
Norah and the two children had reached the higher ground, and were close to one of the gates in the iron railing which fenced the Park from the street.
Complaints to FIFA bigwig Sepp Blatter about the ubiquitous plastic horns have fallen on deaf ears, which is Blatter's own fault for sitting so close to one.
Coldwell Banker Hunt Kennedy will now have more than 250 agents in five offices, with close to one billion dollars in annual sales volume.
But it lies so close to one of the markers used by the NIMH researchers that they excluded its connection to manic depression.
Shaver and Christiani suggest that the images are two different quasars very close to one another.
It has accumulated close to one million rate submissions and receives between 2500 and 5000 new rates every day.
A target population of close to one million individuals is or could be treated by the 10 categories of medicines described in BioImpact.