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Definition of 'close up'


  1. cease to operate or cause to cease operating; "The owners decided to move and to close the factory"; "My business closes every night at 8 P.M."; "close up the shop"
       Synonyms: close fold shut down close down
       Antonyms: open open up
  2. block passage through; "obstruct the path"
       Synonyms: obstruct obturate impede occlude jam block
       Antonyms: free disengage
  3. unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of; "close the circuit"; "close a wound"; "close a book"; "close up an umbrella"
       Synonyms: close
  4. refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent; "The children shut up when their father approached"
       Synonyms: clam up dummy up shut up belt up button up be quiet keep mum
       Antonyms: open up


  1. very close; "without my reading glasses I can hardly see things close up"; "even firing at close range he missed"
       Synonyms: at close range

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