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close adj. and adv. (uses not now general)
1. enclosed, shut up, shut in, confined Gent. III. i. 236 “ prison” (hence “ prisoner” Oth. V. ii. 334), MND. III. ii. 7, Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 503, R3 IV. ii. 52 “I will take order for her keeping ,” H8 V. iv. 31, Rom. III. ii. 5 “thy curtain,” Lucr. 367.
2. free from observation, concealed, secret 2H6 II. iv. 74 “ dealing,” R3 I. i. 157 “secret intent,” Tim. IV. iii. 143, Ham. II. i. 118 “which, being kept ” ; often in phrase “stand ” Ado III. iii. 113, 3H6 IV. v. 17, Mac. V. i. 23, also absol. Tw.N. II. v. 23 “close” (=be still); used adverbially=secretly Shr. Ind. I. 127 “in a napkin being close convey'd,” 1H6 I. iv. 9. “close entrench'”
3. practising secrecy, uncommunicative, not open Meas. IV. iii. 127 “In your close patience,” John IV. ii. 72 “that close aspect of his,” 1H4 II. iii. 115 “No lady closer,” Mac. III. v. 7 “close contriver of all harms,” Cym. III. v. 85 “Close villain.”
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