Being near in space or time. See Usage Note at redundancy. Being near in relationship: close relatives. Bound by mutual interests, loyalties, or affections; intimate: close friends. Having little or no space between elements or parts; tight and compact: a close weave. Being near the surface; short: a close haircut. Being on the brink of: close to tears. Decided by a narrow margin; almost even: a close election. Faithful to the original: a close copy. Rigorous; thorough: close attention; close supervision. Shut; closed. Shut in; enclosed. Confining or narrow; crowded: close quarters. Fitting tightly: close garments. Lacking fresh air; stuffy: a close room. Confined to specific persons or groups: a close secret. Strictly confined or guarded: kept under close custody. Hidden from view; secluded. Secretive; reticent: was close about her personal life. Giving or spending with reluctance; stingy. Not easily acquired; scarce: Money was close. Linguistics Pronounced with the tongue near the palate, as the ee in meet. Used of vowels. Marked by more rather than less punctuation, especially commas. To move (a door, for example) so that an opening or passage is covered or obstructed; shut. To bar access to: closed the road for repairs. To fill or stop up: closed the cracks with plaster.