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close vb. (often used where ‘enclose’ would now be usual, e.g. Lucr. 761 “Some purer chest to close so pure a mind” )
1. to join (hands) John II. i. 533, Rom. II. vi. 6.
2. to be united, meet H5 I. ii. 210 “many lines close in the dial's centre,” Mac. III. ii. 14 “She'll close and be herself.”
4. to come to terms, agree Gent. II. v. 13, Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 834, 2H4 II. iv. 358, Cæs. III. i. 202, Ham. II. i. 45 “He c-s with you in this consequence” ; to take a lower stand, ‘climb down’ Meas. V. i. 341.
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