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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [verb klohz at hand]
    • /verb kloʊz æt hænd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [verb klohz at hand]
    • /verb kloʊz æt hænd/

Definition of close-at-hand word

  • adjective close-at-hand lying in the near future or vicinity; nearby or imminent. 1

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close-at-hand popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 32% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 74% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for close-at-hand

adj close-at-hand

  • accessible — If a place or building is accessible to people, it is easy for them to reach it or get into it. If an object is accessible, it is easy to reach.
  • convenient — If a way of doing something is convenient, it is easy, or very useful or suitable for a particular purpose.
  • available — If something you want or need is available, you can find it or obtain it.
  • ready — completely prepared or in fit condition for immediate action or use: troops ready for battle; Dinner is ready.
  • close — When you close something such as a door or lid or when it closes, it moves so that a hole, gap, or opening is covered.

Antonyms for close-at-hand

adj close-at-hand

  • unavailable — suitable or ready for use; of use or service; at hand: I used whatever tools were available.
  • faraway — distant; remote: faraway lands.
  • inconvenient — not easily accessible or at hand: The phone is in an inconvenient place.
  • useless — of no use; not serving the purpose or any purpose; unavailing or futile: It is useless to reason with him.
  • bumbling — If you describe a person or their behaviour as bumbling, you mean that they behave in a confused, disorganized way, making mistakes and usually not achieving anything.

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