What does ‘close’ mean?

The word ‘close’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to bring to an end and cover an opening.​​​​

For example:

  • The ticket office closes at 6 pm. (bring to an end)
  • Please close the window, it’s freezing. (cover an opening)

Close is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is closed.

FUN FACT – Close is a homograph. This means there is another word in English with a different meaning that is spelt the same as it (tricky, huh?). The verb ‘to close’ is pronounced with a voiced ‘s’.

phrasal verbs with close

Phrasal verbs with ‘close’ include:

  • Close down (permanently shut)
  • Close in (get closer)
  • Close off (stop people entering)
  • Close up (shut, join together)​
phrasal verbs with close

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘close’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with close - close down
phrasal verbs with close - close in
phrasal verbs with close - close off
phrasal verbs with close - close up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with close below.

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