There are 2 main translations of close in Spanish

: close1close2


próximo, adj.

Pronunciation /kləʊs//kloʊs/

adjectivecloser, closest

  • 1

    • 1.1(near)

      the closest bank is in Front Street el banco más próximo / cercano está en Front Street
      • at close range / quarters de cerca
      • close to sth/sb cerca de algo/algn
      • the closest city to Cambridge la ciudad que está más cerca de Cambridge
      • Sometimes two different logging roads are close enough to be within radio range.
      • It is much smoother and more intimate than the ballroom tango, with the couple's upper bodies close together and lower bodies apart.
      • If you don't like the weather this winter, a change is as close as your nearest airport.
      • A few people, almost invariably working in close proximity to birds, have been infected and become seriously ill.
      • I was pretty close, though I still couldn't see the skyline of New York.
      • When the officer was close enough he reached out and grabbed Danny's ankles tight, pulling him forward.
      • Louisa takes off and does the same, with Grace following in close pursuit.
      • Tessa cooks the evening meal, but the nearest town is close if clients wish to eat out occasionally.
      • Indeed the Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Carlow Retail Park and the town centre are very close.
      • When moving home last summer we made sure our new house was close to a good primary school.
      • A move to the village would give the Duchess her independence while allowing her daughters to be in close proximity to their father.
      • A car park facility in close proximity to it would be a considerable advantage to the many people who visit it on a regular basis.
      • In the small, tight world of the judo competitor your opponent is very close, at arms length or less.
      • Even those working in towns are usually close enough to go home for lunch, as do farmers.
      • The Sentinel banked and turned to line up with their relatively close destination.
      • If you decide not to allow smoking in the reception area, how close is the nearest place for a smoker to go?
      • I could hardly tell exactly what it was, but it was very close and was a highly concentrated light.
      • Her warm body was so close, his hands around that slim waist were gently squeezing and caressing her.
      • As he sits down in the family's small room, explosions can be heard from a close neighbourhood.
      • Our guide kept moving at the same pace, and didn't turn back to face us, or give us any sign that our destination was close at hand.

    • 1.2

      (shave) al ras
      (shave) apurado

  • 2

    (connection/link) estrecho
    (contact) directo
    a close relative un pariente cercano
    • they are close friends son amigos íntimos
    • his closeest friends and family sus amigos y familiares más allegados
    • they've always been very close siempre han sido muy unidos
    • a source close to the government fuentes allegadas / cercanas al gobierno
    • they were close collaborators mantenían una estrecha colaboración
    • My close friend and confidante was my cousin Kitty, the closest to me in age and the only other girl.
    • The two of them had been close since childhood, and he had had a lifelong crush on her.
    • We're nowhere near as close as we used to be, but I enjoy talking to her all the same.
    • From a professional friendship, their relationship has evolved into a close intimate friendship.
    • The attempt nearly succeeded as he was close to being able to get his head through the hole.
    • Sanjay himself is not a great party-goer; he prefers small gatherings with a few close friends.
    • He might well go close to emulating his feat on the course last week when he won four races on the card.
    • John Morgan, a close friend, said he was shocked by the news but admitted that Charles's health had deteriorated recently.
    • There were several occasions when they acted so stupidly, I came close to shouting at the screen in frustration.
    • Not surprisingly, close friends of his called during the interview to congratulate him on the promotion.
    • Little by little however, she seemed to get comfortable with the fact that I wanted to be close and intimate with her.
    • Specialist poultry breeders are close to ruin because of the current outbreak of foot and mouth disease.
    • We're very good friends and very close but he doesn't spare me either.
    • The tragedy of the situation is how close the company has come to being a financially sound airline.
    • ‘I wouldn't say the club came close to closing over the last seven years, but we have had some very trying moments, particularly last season,’ he states.
    • At the age of 16 a close friend of mine died from drug abuse over a prolonged period.
    • From 1754 he took up farming but maintained his scientific interests, being on close terms with Joseph Black.
    • You tried to make friends with one of my close and dear friends, who also, as you knew, loved me.
    • I have only told one of my close friends about what happened.
    • He was close to tears in breaking the news to me over the telephone.
    • You know, I always joked I had a million acquaintances and only a couple of close friends.
    • I enjoyed living in the country and valued the close friends I made there.
    • He said the situation had got so bad that many drivers were close to breaking point.
    • He and his sister were close and her death affected him so strongly that friends initially feared for his own mental health.
    • I was hardly aware of opening my locker and being surrounded by my pack of close confidants.
    • I had a low point towards the end of last season and that is why I was close to leaving the club, but now I am at my best ever level.
    • I'm close to all my children, but Rupert and I were especially close.
  • 3

    (in similarity)
    it's not the same color but it's a close match no es el mismo color pero es casi igual
    • he bears a close resemblance to his brother tiene un gran parecido a / con su hermano
    • that's the closest thing to a hammer I've got esto es lo más parecido a un martillo que tengo
  • 4

    • 4.1

      (weave) tupido
      (weave) cerrado
      (print) apretado
      in close order en formación cerrada
      • It was slow work, for the trees were close, and in places dense with the bare vines and stalks of undergrowth.
      • He pulled out a sheet of thin blue paper covered in close type.
      • If the agreement is in writing it may be in very close print on the back of a delivery docket or ticket.

    • 4.2

      (argument/reasoning) riguroso
      (translation) fiel

    • 4.3British Sport

      de pases cortos
      • It's going to be a close contest.
      • In the county juvenile championships there was plenty of excitement and some very close contests.
      • While she was pleased with the result she was also relieved at having come through after such a close contest.
      • It will be a different kind of challenge from previous races, with really close racing in a big pack of cars.
      • The South Yorkshire club has won the League Championship more than any other side in recent years so a close contest can be expected.
      • It was a close competition as there was so much artistic talent on display on the day.
      • The tight 1.5 mile circuit promises close racing action for all four classes of cars.
      • I hope the matches this week are close, competitive and courteous.
      • I remember once backing a horse called Tied Cottage for the Irish National, which came second in a very close race.
      • The layout of the track lends itself to tight, close racing which is always good for the fans.
      • While Stevens built up a comfortable lead by the end of the race, behind him the competition for podium places was exceptionally close.
      • The 1973 legislative elections were very close, and the vote of the right was squeezed by the left as its realignment paid off.
      • But I am conscious of the fact that we lost all three matches by very narrow margins and winning the close matches becomes a habit.
      • This was a very close contest all through with never more than a point or two between the teams at any time.
      • After a close fight, the crowd becomes frustrated to hear the official verdict.
      • In a fixture which has historically been a close contest, the Blues scored ten tries as their backs tore Loughborough apart.
      • This was a very close and exciting game with a large number of supporters crowding the field to cheer on their teams.
      • If the large crowd thought that the first half was a close contest the second half was to be an even closer affair.
      • A meeting between these two sides are always very close and tight and this clash will be no different.
      • This left the overall result very close, but the winner was Steve Mascari with a total of 31 pts.
      • It was a close contest, without doubt, and both men deserve credit for a decent heavyweight championship bout.
      • This was close fight and would have been even tighter without the points deducted.

    • 4.4

      (fit) ajustado
      (fit) ceñido

  • 5

    (strictly guarded)
    it was kept a close secret se mantuvo en el más absoluto / riguroso secreto
  • 6

    (examination/study) detenido
    (examination/study) detallado
    to pay close attention to sth prestar mucha atención a algo
    • on closer inspection, I found that … al mirarlo mejor / más de cerca vi que …
    • The contents of the correspondence are still being kept a close secret and neither side has released any details.
    • Details are being kept a close secret until press day at the show.
    • And while this was being sorted out, the brotherhood tried to keep the problem a close secret.
    • Stocks are moving cautiously higher today as investors keep a close eye on those oil prices.
    • It is, however, a claim that does not bear too much in the way of close scrutiny.
    • But his performance in months ahead will come under close scrutiny.
    • But a close comparison of the various reports also throws up a number of differences that the BBC will have to explain.
    • The third part of the trilogy is being kept a close secret.
    • We'll take a close look at the tightest races across the country with our political panel.
    • Every year, the Sowdens and the Waites put up their displays on the same day, but keep them a close secret until they are finished.
    • The best precautionary measure is close observation of the patient's condition.
    • Despite a lack of wind, racing was close and the umpires were given plenty of cause for close scrutiny.
    • Samuel had to be treated for several infections and was kept under close observation in case his condition changed.
    • At last week's full council meeting she called for close monitoring of the situation by the county council.
    • Today, he can eliminate some of the crime prints just by having a close look at them.
    • The Web site now has over eight thousand historical maps available for close examination.
    • Again, Leonardo used his method of close observation to study how machines work.
    • This can be a major source of error if you're not keeping close track of what every letter stands for.
    • A close examination of the group's claims has revealed serious holes.
    • Doctors said she wakened after the surgery and was being kept under close observation.
    • They announced the pregnancy in January after their romance had been kept a close secret.
    • The entire operation was kept a close secret.
    • But about five per cent of cases in the city had some drug resistance and needed close observation.
    • Both men were hit by debris from accidents and Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix will be under close scrutiny.
    • What it means is this deserves very careful attention, a very close investigation.
    • Yet, a close analysis of West Brom two summers ago and reveal that all has not changed utterly.
    • A close investigation of the bags throws up till receipts which make very interesting reading.
  • 7

    (finish/contest) reñido
    it's going to be close va a estar muy reñido
    • he finished a close second llegó en segundo lugar, muy cerca del ganador
  • 8

    (of weather, atmosphere)
    • It looks like being dryer and warmer inland and may be a bit close.
    • It was in the middle of the afternoon that some people began to notice a change, it began to get close and unseasonably warm.
    • As many as 30,000 people are crammed into close, hot and extremely humid quarters.
    • The room was close and airless, making a tense situation even more tense.
    • At weddings and religious ceremonies where attendees were crowded and when the atmosphere was very close, these "portable air conditioners" were in great demand.
  • 9

    • 9.1(mean, stingy)

      • I've been begging her to let me meet you all for quite some time, but she's kept very close about it.
      • She was quite close with money, and they often had horrendous arguments about spending.

    • 9.2(secretive)

      to be close about sth
      • she's very close about what she did during the war es muy reacia a hablar de lo que hizo durante la guerra

  • 10

    (vowel) cerrado
    • Its vowel height is near-close, which means the tongue is positioned similarly to a close vowel, but slightly less constricted.
    • In the following presentation both the 'open' and the 'close' pronunciation of each of the five vowels is illustrated.


  • 1

    • 1.1(in position)

      we must be close by now ya debemos (de) estar cerca
      • the car behind is very close el coche de atrás viene muy pegado
      • stay close or you'll get lost no te separes o te perderás
      • to draw/get/come close acercarse
      • don't come any closer or I'll scream no te me acerques más o me pongo a gritar
      • close to sth/sb cerca de algo/algn
      • we are closer to London than to Brighton estamos más cerca de Londres que de Brighton
      • come closer to the window acércate más a la ventana
      • to hold sb close abrazar a algn
      • they're following close behind nos siguen de cerca
      • phew, that was close! ¡uf, nos salvamos por poco / por los pelos!
      • He just kissed my cheek and pulled me even closer to his chest.
      • He smiled and Thomas and I leaned even closer to hear him as his voice dropped with each passing word.
      • ‘Here, let me help you with these,’ he said, pulling me closer to shore.
      • She cried for almost an hour, hugging me close to her chest.
      • He loved it when she put her arms around him and hugged him close.
      • Once Dr. West left the room Vivienne scooted closer to the edge of the bed and patted the empty space.
      • She reached forward and grabbed the hands from the bed and pulled them close to her heart.
      • She squealed, as he moved dangerously close to the edge of the pool.
      • Mom moved up the cot and squeezed next to Mira and held her close.
      • She then proceeded to hold it close to her heart, calling his name.
      • It is not rude to stare or for persons to crowd one another at counters or stand very close.
      • I saw Val lead the rest of the team around the end of the truck and they followed her close.
      • Marie turned back to Alex with an angry expression, leaning close so that their faces were inches apart.
      • Her arm quickly pulled him close and she hugged him tight like she'd never let him go.
      • Hoss had taken the little boy on his lap, and the other children had crowded close about him.
      • She keeps Betsy close as they wade through the crowds at the Statue of Liberty in New York.
      • Following close behind her, Lily could almost feel Marion breathing on her neck.
      • ‘You shouldn't step so close to the edge,’ I said.
      • Viewers may try to step closer to the surface of each canvas in search of clues.
      • As his hands met along her spine, he briefly pulled her close and held her tight.
      • There was a car following close behind us and I was praying that the airport wouldn't be far away.
      • They just weren't strong enough, and the boats were coming uncomfortably close now.

    • 1.2(in time)

      it must be close to suppertime ya casi debe ser la hora de la cena
      • our birthdays are very close nuestros cumpleaños caen por las mismas fechas / muy cerca
      • it's getting close to Christmas se acerca la Navidad

  • 2

    (in intimacy)
    the tragedy brought them closer together / to each other la tragedia los acercó / unió más
  • 3

    (in approximation)
    it's not my favorite, but it comes pretty close no es mi favorito pero casi
    • close to sth
    • the temperature is close to … la temperatura es de cerca de / de casi …
    • he must be close to 50 debe andar frisando (en) los 50
    • this production is close to the original esta producción es fiel al original
    • that's the closest to an apology you'll get eso es lo más parecido a una disculpa que vas a recibir
    • the industry is close to collapse la industria está al borde de la ruina
    • he was close to tears estaba a punto de llorar
  • 4

    on looking closer, I found … al mirar más de cerca / al fijarme mejor vi que …
  • 5

    he had his hair cut very close se cortó el pelo muy corto

There are 2 main translations of close in Spanish

: close1close2


fin, n.

Pronunciation /kləʊz//kloʊz/


  • 1

    (conclusion, end)
    fin masculine
    to come/draw to a close llegar/acercarse a su fin
    • to bring sth to a close poner / dar fin a algo
    • he was born around the close of the 19ᵗʰ century nació a / hacia finales / fines del siglo XIX
    • at the close of day al caer el día
    • at the close of trading al cierre
    • Now it appears the national herd may end up as low as 450,000-480,000 by the close of 2002.
    • There is a lot to reflect on these days as the year draws to a close.
    • It's the return of the ice that you have to watch out for, and it was back with a vengeance as October came to a close.
    • His desperate financial woes, it seems, will finally be coming to a close.
    • A most enjoyable night was had by all and at the close a minimum of €1,000 had been raised.
    • After the national close of the campaign on August 12 the initiative will not be forgotten.
    • The termination is expected to occur after the close of trading on May 28.
    • The Dow had fallen more than 69 points in late trading before recovering at the close.
    • The company's share price then finished at a new low of 2.7 cents at the close of trade yesterday.
    • This will bring to a close what was probably the most concentrated fund raising drive the parish has ever seen.
    • Shares fell around three per cent at the close of trading yesterday.
    • Many of those rights found legal expression at the close of the eighteenth century.
    • The declaration came with an hour of the fourth day remaining, and England grabbed the big wicket of Graeme Smith before the close.
    • Shares in the club were 1.5 pence higher at 286.5 pence by the close of trade in London on Thursday.
    • In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index is showing a fall of about 0.9 percent near the close.
    • By the time their set was coming to a close the band had the audience eating out of their hands.
    • As my excited nerves calmed down, the interview wound its way to a close.
    • I have been with the company for 12 years and I feel that my time has come to a close.
    • Yet once our trip had come to a close we were left with the knowledge that when you really put your mind to some thing you can accomplish anything.
    • Therefore, the real value of the mutual fund may be quite different from the calculated value at the close of the trading day.
    • When the pros are more bullish than amateurs, the pros will drive prices higher all day and into the close.
    • The incident was brought to a close at midnight when the man came down from the roof.
    • We couldn't have known it at the time, but eight years of unparalleled success were about to draw to a close.
    • They had added an unbeaten 28 for the third wicket by the close.
    • The spirited crowd were said to be still dancing the night away when the ball drew to a close at 1 am.
    • The intense planning and preparing over many weeks, even months, is now drawing a close.
    • By the close of the fourth day they were 37 for 5, Ellison taking four in 15 balls.
    • It was only when my voice gave out completely that the day had to draw to a close.
    • The summer may be drawing to a close, but York Racecourse has still been pulling the crowds for its September meeting.
    • If big news breaks after the close of trading, a late trade can land a quick profit - or avoid a big loss.
    • But the decision looked to be a good one, for at the close of play Derbyshire had reached 311 for four.
    • Say a customer wanted to find out how many transactions it could run before the close of the stock market on a given day.
    • The five-year project, which has disrupted many communities in Bradford, will draw to a close at the end of the year.
    • It will also look closely into whether brokers handle orders near the close of the market fairly.
    • No more wickets fell before the close and Jaques ended unbeaten on 67.
    • It can be the year when we draw to a close this sorry chapter in our treatment of those with disabilities.
  • 2

    • 2.1British (in residential area)

      (sin salida) calle feminine
      (en Perú) quinta feminine
      • They are two of 19 domestic and commercial owners in two adjacent closes which are now deluged whenever it rains.
      • There were no streets, only avenues, crescents and closes.
      • Elsewhere, sober stone houses peek coyly at one and other across cobbled streets and evocative old closes.
      • Like Edinburgh, it also has an Old Town, with narrow closes and tall, old buildings.
      • But the secluded closes that run off the High Street and Canongate in Edinburgh's Old Town can also provide cover for criminal activities.
      • The hot water has remained off in four closes, Olley, Mcintosh, Brackley and Douglas.
      • Around every corner lies another close, another lane, the bright sun throwing the rough stone walls into relief.

    • 2.2(of cathedral)

      recinto masculine
      • Stuff like this gives just as much pleasure as a cathedral close or a Regency arcade.
      • She has come a long way from the Aga saga and the cathedral close.
      • The museum is in the heart of historic Salisbury, in the cathedral close.
      • The close of the cathedral is surrounded by a wall, which was built in the reign of Edward I.
      • Pride of place goes to the cathedral and close, with a rich legacy of surviving and well-documented buildings.

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1

      (book/valve/window) cerrar
      he closed his mouth/eyes cerró la boca/los ojos
      • Miri joined her at the table and sat, closing the notebook and folding her hands.
      • Damien took a last look at the book before closing it.
      • He shrugged, book marking the answer book and closing it, setting aside the rest of the student papers to be corrected later.
      • I clapped the two sides of my book together to close it, hiding the note within its pages.
      • ‘I am,’ said Vilma, closing her diary and folding her arms.
      • She opened her mouth before closing it and looking at her papers.
      • His patience was rewarded after a few minutes when Matt gently put down the book without closing it and sighed.
      • She closed her lips together when swallowing and dabbed her mouth when necessary to clear any excessive spillage from her lips.
      • She shrieks, opening her mouth, closing it, then shaking her head with slow, ominous intent.
      • For the same reason, it is customary to kiss a sacred book when closing it and putting it away.
      • She closed her mouth and brought a cloth to clean up the mess.
      • I opened my mouth then closed it again, not able to come up with an answer without embarrassing myself.
      • I knew my mouth would go dry, and I would just end up opening and closing my mouth like a fish.
      • He disagrees with something or is confused, and he makes a move to say something by slightly opening his mouth, then closing it.
      • Daryl closes his note book and walks over to them.
      • She hesitated a moment, opening her mouth, but then closing it again.
      • She brought her hand back to the book and closed it with a finger marking the place.
      • I looked down and closed my sketch book quickly, hoping he hadn't seen anything.
      • Without closing the record book she had been scanning Cale got up and strode anxiously to the main library corridor, then out through the double - doors that formed the entrance.
      • I said as I rounded up to her as she was closing her Bible and packing away her notes.

    • 1.2

      (gap/gash/pores) cerrar
      • The only solution is surgery to close the hole and reinforce the spot.
      • Adjustable iron plates were fitted into the table to close the opening when the saw was adjusted.
      • He performed the first open-heart surgery in the world to close a hole in the heart with the help of a microchip camera.
      • His body was too weak for the operation and they were unable to close the hole in his brains.
      • This opening is closed by a solid slab of Pakistani onyx, which can be slid in and out of position.
      • After we removed the tube from the mound wall, the termites immediately closed the hole.
      • The Alliance pilots seemed to be a step ahead of him, however, for they were positioning themselves on all sides, closing any safe openings.
      • Her tongue pokes out with concentration and her face is screwed up in determination as she at last closes the hole.
      • They took the site offline for several hours Thursday to close the hole.
      • If there's a security hole in a piece of software, the hole can be closed or mitigated.
      • The authors used a platelet function analyser that timed platelets aggregating into a plug big enough to close a small hole in a membrane.
      • The surgery closes the opening and drains the fluid in the sac.
      • Charlie watched the silhouette of Joe shovel dirt into the grave and close the hole.
      • Mary pressed the phone up hard against her ear, and closed the other one with her other hand.
      • New versions of the software are available that close the holes.
      • Ryan throws the engagement ring into the shaft and closes the opening.
      • The notes were to be played in ascending order by first closing all the holes, and then opening each in quick succession.
      • We patched up the fence and closed the holes.
      • Council taxpayers' money will be used to close the huge hole in Hampshire's local authority pension fund.
      • The animal can completely withdraw its body into its shell, closing the opening with a leathery hood.

    • 1.3Electricity

      (circuit) cerrar
      • The circuit closes when the particles reaches the ionosphere, the outer layer of the earth's atmosphere.
      • When the charges connect, effectively closing a circuit, electric energy flows along that jagged path.
      • Contact of the electrodes with the apoplastic water film was signalled by the closing of the electrical circuit.
      • An electric circuit seemed to close, and a spark flashed forth.
      • In this way, the capsule can open and close an electric circuit depending on the angle at which it is tipped.

  • 2

    (block, deny access to)
    (checkpoint/road/channel) cerrar
    the square is to be closed to traffic van a cerrar la plaza al tráfico
    • to close one's ears to sth hacer oídos sordos a algo
    • you shouldn't close your mind to the idea no deberías cerrarte en banda a la idea / rechazar completamente la idea
  • 3

    • 3.1(halt operations)

      the airport has been closed because of bad weather han cerrado el aeropuerto debido al mal tiempo
      • Light refreshments will be served, with the meeting closing at 8pm.
      • It was to be an early start the next day for filming in the town and lots of props, etc. to get ready, so the meeting closed earlier than usual.
      • Polls close at 9pm and results are already being called in five minutes later.
      • The course is open to all corps, nominations close at the end of the year.
      • And he is already making plans for the next stage of his career after Mamma Mia closes at the end of next year.
      • The vote for your choice from our Top 50 has now closed - see the result below.
      • After a little wait, Nandor Tanczos made his way on stage to introduce the band, and from opening to closing note I loved every minute of it.
      • The video closes as Favour opens the kiln to show us the finished products, which have been treated with a transparent glaze.
      • Cliff Bradley gave a warm vote of thanks on behalf of members and the meeting closed.
      • Fist fights ensued before the convention closed, with Eisenhower as the nominee.
      • Advanced registration for both meetings closes at midnight EDT on May 17, 2004.
      • The festival closes at 2pm with words of wisdom from Wigan scriptwriter Paul Finch who will conduct a question and answer session.
      • Nominations close on Friday, August 15 and winners will be announced in December.
      • When bidding closed, the result was announced by Cllr Jepson following a meeting of full council.
      • David Cham gave a warm vote of thanks and the meeting closed.
      • As the meeting closed, Mr Hill talked about his confidence that Bradford would become a better place to live and work.
      • Immediately after the polls had closed on Sunday, wrangling began over the formation of a new government in Berlin.
      • When the polls closed for the day at 5.30 pm university officials said nearly 5,000 people had cast their votes.
      • For these reasons, it was my decision to advise that the case against her be closed at the screening stage…
      • Refreshments were served by Beatrice and Betty Foster and the meeting closed at 9.30 pm.

    • 3.2(terminate, wind up)

      (account/branch/shop/file) cerrar

  • 4

    (deal) cerrar
    (debate/meeting) cerrar
    (debate/meeting) poner fin a
    they closed the concert with … el concierto se cerró con …
    • This plan would see the company allegedly count revenue on the books before deals had actually been closed.
    • Rumours that the deal was about to be closed began racing through Fleet Street on Tuesday afternoon.
    • If the deal had not been closed by this deadline, the BCC would have invited Erste Bank to negotiations.
    • Maybe the real sales pros are out closing deals left and right, trying to stick a fork in the recession.
    • I am satisfied that the vendor had satisfied its obligations and was ready to close the transaction.
    • The identity of who the principals were was not in issue so long as a deal could be closed without a vendor take back mortgage.
    • That philosophy stood him in good stead last year when he closed the biggest deal of his career to date.
    • Usually the tourists are attracted by the better rate and find out they have been tricked after the deal has been closed.
    • This deal should have been closed at the public market.

intransitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1

      (window/door) cerrar(se)
      the door closed la puerta se cerró
      • the door doesn't close properly la puerta no cierra bien
      • her eyes closed and she fell asleep se le cerraron los ojos y se quedó dormida
      • Once outside she let the door close behind her and she took a deep breath of the night air.
      • Clasp your hands together and close your eyes and then say a few words of prayer.
      • When I heard the door close I moved back farther on the bed to where the pillows were and cried into them.
      • The sunshade on their terrace retracts, the windows close automatically whenever it starts to rain.
      • He appeared for no more than a minute, and did not speak, before the white curtains at his window were drawn closed.
      • She quickly threw in some books and took some other books out, before closing the locker again.
      • He left and I went around to all the windows and closed all the curtains, like he had asked.
      • He folded his hands together, closed his eyes, and put his head on his folded hands and started to think.
      • Then I ran about the house, madly closing all the windows.
      • My table rocked, my lamp fell and went out, and my window closed as if some thief had been surprised and had fled out into the night, shutting it behind him.
      • The window closed and he came out moments later, dressed in boxers and a baggy t-shirt.
      • Not seeing anything unusual, he pulled his head in and Jon watched as the wide window closed.
      • In spite of Mrs Major locking all the doors, back and front and closing all the handy windows… they got in.
      • He heard the door close, though not lock, then the soft padding of someone walking towards him.
      • Doors should be closed and gaps blocked with pillows and sheets, anything to stop the spread of smoke and the occupants should await rescue.
      • Looking to the mouth of the alleyway Carl saw the woman in the blue dress climb into the limo and watched as the door closed and the window came down.
      • He flattened his ears, closed his eyes tighter and pretended to snore.
      • She locked all the windows, closed all the blinds, and curled up on the bed, shivering.
      • Finally the window closed and after latching it she tiptoed back into bed.
      • The small figure looking out the window moved back and closed the shades tightly.
      • Safely inside, many Americans tried to seal off the house from the night air by closing all the doors and windows.
      • I blew out the candles they had left burning last night and closed all the windows.
      • With doors closing around me, the only path seemed to be the illegal one.

    • 1.2

      (wound/crack/gap) cerrarse
      the darkness closed around him la oscuridad lo envolvió

    • 1.3(fold shut)

      (flower) cerrarse
      his hands closed around my throat me rodeó el cuello con las manos

  • 2

    • 2.1(stop service, trading)

      (library/shop/museum) cerrar
      at what time do you close? ¿a qué hora cierran?

    • 2.2(cease operations)

      (shop/factory/shipyard) cerrar
      • As public transport stops before the clubs close, there are always people needing to get home by taxi.
      • The pair are campaigning for the reopening of the small police station, which closed to the public several years ago.
      • Protesters claim problems started after the motel business closed.
      • The most important thing is that while many businesses are closing, we are not.
      • More than 200 children were sent home and the school permanently closed following the outbreak earlier this year.
      • The age-old institution is closing forever next Tuesday due to lack of funds.
      • The pub building has been unoccupied since the business closed almost two years ago, and had fallen into disrepair.
      • Saving the business meant closing 550 of the 600 shops with the loss of thousands of jobs, a decision she says was one of the hardest she has had to take.
      • Schools and businesses close at noon each day for two to three hours for a midday meal.
      • Ricci attempted to visit Peking in 1595 but found the city closed to foreigners.
      • Shops and businesses in many towns closed to show their solidarity with the protest.
      • Schools and businesses closed across the country as Poland mourned its national hero.
      • Most nurseries closed to the public in the winter months.
      • Once they got to the mall, they realized that it was closed for renovation.
      • It was raining, and most businesses had closed early to allow people to attend the rally.
      • The spokesman said the post office would stay closed until further notice.
      • If the strike goes ahead it could see schools close, council services disrupted and hospitals affected.
      • The bank remained closed to the public for the rest of the day as investigations continued.
      • International travel would be stopped, schools closed and large public gatherings banned.
      • Other public buildings such as government offices and courts also closed.

  • 3

    • 3.1(finish, end)

      (book/lecture) terminar
      (book/lecture) concluir

    • 3.2Finance

      (prices/shares) cerrar

    • 3.3closing present participle

      (remarks/years/words) último
      in the closing minutes of the game en los últimos minutos / en los minutos finales del partido
      • closing price precio al cierre
      • Before I close I would like to say a few words about genetic engineering.
      • In closing I want to say a few words about my personal work.
      • And now, reader, I am going to close here by a few words of plain application.
      • In closing, I must leave the reader with the same word of caution that I began this section with.
      • In closing, I would just like to give a word, or two of advice to the soap producers…
      • In closing, a word of thanks for your tireless efforts in keeping us all informed of the latest UFO sightings.
      • In closing, I speculate that writing such a book is an unenviable task; it just invites criticism.
      • I do not intend to take my full 10 minutes on this call, but I want to say a few words in closing as we members of the House speak in the third reading.

  • 4

    to close on sth/sb acercarse a algo/algn
    • defenders were closing on him from all sides los defensas lo estaban cercando
    • He has a knife… he's stabbing people with it… and he's closing on you fast.
    • The attacker is still running at him, perhaps ten yards away and closing fast, reaching for knives at his belt with each hand.
    • The Colombian's Williams is now closing fast on Button's BAR in fifth place.
    • A few of the faster Predators were already closing on the small fleet of Nemesis ships.
    • Fergal Lynch, who is closing fast on his maiden century of winners, takes the mount on Gaelic Princess, who is expected to have too much speed for her rivals.
    • They were closing fast, but Justin was only ten feet from the door.
    • As I turned my head forward, I spied a large, white bird at my 1 o'clock position and closing fast.
    • He threw the throttle to ninety percent, closing fast on his quarry.
    • In the distance, but closing fast, he heard the sound of an engine.
    • If an opposing guard is closing fast for a layup, let her go.
    • The boat was on our starboard quarter, a couple of miles out and closing.
    • But one of the heavy cruisers was maneuvering to intercept them, and was closing fast.
    • Jenson, it must have been frustrating feeling you couldn't go any faster and he was closing on you relentlessly.
    • The enemy task force was only a half-klick away and closing fast.
    • They were less than fifty yards out and closing fast by the time everyone was up from under ground.
    • Both of them had taken the weekend off to spend some time together before their wedding, which was only 4 months away, and closing fast.
    • At this point the battleship King George V was only 200 miles away and closing fast.
    • By his estimate the Alliance starfighters were about two minutes away but closing fast.
    • With 35 minutes of the race to go, the Saleen was just 30 sec behind Brabham and closing fast enough to be right on his tail in the final ten minutes.
    • Ten minutes had gone and the Kilkenny boys had yet to threaten the Offaly goal, St Brendanís were closing and closing fast.