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 ?
The thunder was loud and metallic, like the rattle of sheet iron, and the lightning broke in great zigzags across the heavens, making everything stand out and come close to us for a moment.
So strong was the force of old habits in that place that at the words not allowed my hand dropped of itself from the latch; and at that instant a voice calling quite close to us through the mist struck me rigid.
Our relentless pursuers were now close to us, so close that it seemed that it would be an utter impossibility for the Jeddak of Thark to reach the forest in advance of them, nor was there any considerable will in the efforts that Tars Tarkas made, for the green men of Barsoom do not relish flight, nor ever before had I seen one fleeing from death in whatsoever form it might have confronted him.
I reckon when the darkness is close to us it is a friend.
Close on the heels of that came a violent rattling crash, quite close to us, that shook the ground; and, starting out upon the lawn, I saw the tops of the trees about the Oriental College burst into smoky red flame, and the tower of the little church beside it slide down into ruin.
Three children were approaching; one of them, a little girl, about eight years old, was running; when pretty close to us she stumbled and fell, and her feet shot under the rail of the fence and for a moment projected over the stream.
They're really close to us and they can get a service person out quickly when that's necessary.
Often, we take for granted such phenomena so close to us when, in fact, they are poorly studied.
They robbed us, but they shouldn't have been that close to us anyway,'' said Robert Lewis who was relentless on the offensive glass and had 14 points for Montclair Prep.
They're really close to us and they call get a service person out quickly when that's necessary.
We're very excited about working in Baltimore--it's close to us and will certainly be logistically easier--and it's also an airline hub," says Krebs.