close up

close up
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [verb klohz uhp]
    • /verb kloʊz ʌp/
    • /kləʊz ʌp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [verb klohz uhp]
    • /verb kloʊz ʌp/

Definitions of close up words

  • phrasal verb close up If someone closes up a building, they shut it completely and securely, often because they are going away. 3
  • phrasal verb close up If an opening, gap, or something hollow closes up, or if you close it up, it becomes closed or covered. 3
  • countable noun close up A close-up is a photograph or a picture in a film that shows a lot of detail because it is taken very near to the subject. 3
  • verb close up to shut entirely 3
  • verb close up to draw together 3
  • verb close up (of wounds) to heal completely 3

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Origin of close up

First appearance:

before 1910
One of the 15% newest English words
1910-15, Americanism; noun use of adverbial phrase close up

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Close up


close up popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

close up usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for close up

verb close up

  • prohibit — to forbid (an action, activity, etc.) by authority or law: Smoking is prohibited here.
  • bar — A bar is a place where you can buy and drink alcoholic drinks.
  • halt — to falter, as in speech, reasoning, etc.; be hesitant; stumble.
  • prevent — to keep from occurring; avert; hinder: He intervened to prevent bloodshed.
  • suppress — to put an end to the activities of (a person, body of persons, etc.): to suppress the Communist and certain left-leaning parties.

noun close up

  • profile — the outline or contour of the human face, especially the face viewed from one side.
  • autobiography — Your autobiography is an account of your life, which you write yourself.
  • sketch — a simply or hastily executed drawing or painting, especially a preliminary one, giving the essential features without the details.
  • picture — a visual representation of a person, object, or scene, as a painting, drawing, photograph, etc.: I carry a picture of my grandchild in my wallet.
  • journal — a daily record, as of occurrences, experiences, or observations: She kept a journal during her European trip.

Antonyms for close up

verb close up

  • permit — to allow to do something: Permit me to explain.
  • release — to lease again.
  • include — to contain, as a whole does parts or any part or element: The package includes the computer, program, disks, and a manual.
  • welcome — a kindly greeting or reception, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure: to give someone a warm welcome.
  • allow — If someone is allowed to do something, it is all right for them to do it and they will not get into trouble.

noun close up

  • physicality — the physical attributes of a person, especially when overdeveloped or overemphasized.
  • ignorance — the state or fact of being ignorant; lack of knowledge, learning, information, etc.
  • concrete — Concrete is a substance used for building which is made by mixing together cement, sand, small stones, and water.
  • thing — (in Scandinavian countries) a public meeting or assembly, especially a legislative assembly or a court of law.

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