closely

closely
close|ly [ `klousli ] adverb ***
1. ) in a way that is very similar to something or has an obvious or strong connection with it:
The Northern Ireland economy is closely linked to that of the rest of the United Kingdom.
closely resemble something: Soldiers will train under conditions that more closely resemble real combat.
2. ) in a way that involves careful attention to every detail:
Inspectors will examine the accounts very closely.
a ) in a very careful and strict way:
The movement of information across the border was closely regulated.
3. ) in a way that involves sharing ideas, thoughts, or feelings:
We are all working closely with each other.
4. ) with very little time or distance between one thing and another:
closely followed by: She left the room, closely followed by her husband.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • closely — index faithfully Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • closely — [adv] approximately, carefully by the skin of one’s teeth*, exactly, firmly, hard, heedfully, in conjunction with, intently, intimately, jointly, meticulously, mindfully, minutely, nearly, punctiliously, scrupulously, searchingly, sharply,… …   New thesaurus

  • closely — close|ly W2S2 [ˈkləusli] adv 1.) very carefully ▪ The detective watched him closely , waiting for a reply. closely controlled/guarded/monitored etc ▪ Political activity is closely controlled. ▪ Details of the program are a closely guarded secret …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • closely — adverb 1 if you look at or study something closely, you look at it etc hard, trying to notice everything about it: watch sb closely: The detective was watching him closely, waiting for a reply. 2 if two things are closely connected or related,… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • closely */*/*/ — UK [ˈkləʊslɪ] / US [ˈkloʊslɪ] adverb 1) a) in a way that involves careful attention to every detail Inspectors will examine the accounts very closely. b) in a very careful and strict way The movement of information across the border was closely… …   English dictionary

  • closely — close, closely The adjective close merges into an adverb in uses such as come close, lie close, run close, stick close, etc., especially in figurative uses: • Opera and large gatherings ran each other close for first place among her dislikes J.… …   Modern English usage

  • closely*/*/ — [ˈkləʊsli] adv 1) in a way that involves careful attention to every detail Inspectors will examine the accounts very closely.[/ex] 2) in a way that involves sharing ideas, thoughts, or feelings We are all working closely with each other.[/ex] 3)… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • closely — adverb 1. in a close relation or position in time or space (Freq. 19) the onsets were closely timed houses set closely together was closely involved in monitoring daily progress • Derived from adjective: ↑close 2. in an attentive manner (Freq …   Useful english dictionary

  • closely — adv. Closely is used with these adjectives: ↑akin, ↑allied, ↑analogous, ↑balanced, ↑bound, ↑comparable, ↑concerned, ↑dependent, ↑informed, ↑interrelated, ↑involved, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

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