(=near) près, proche
The shops are very close. Les magasins sont tout près.
close to (prep)
(=near) près de, proche de
→ Their two heads were close to each other.
The youth hostel is close to the station. L'auberge de jeunesse est près de la gare.
She was close to tears. Elle était au bord des larmes.
at close quarters
[observe, watch] de près
→ It was a privilege to observe her at such close quarters.
[friend, relation] proche
→ Not even my closest friends had any idea that something was wrong.
[tie, relationship] proche
→ My sons have maintained extremely close ties with a college friend.
We're just inviting close relations. Nous n'invitons que les parents proches.
She's a close friend of mine. C'est une amie proche.
to be close to sb (emotionally)
être proche de qn
I'm very close to my sister. Je suis très proche de ma sœur.
[contest] serré (e)
→ It is close but we are going to win.
It's going to be very close. Ça va être très serré.
to be too close to call être très serré (e)
[writing, texture] serré (e)
to keep a close watch on sb/sth, to keep a close eye on sb/sth surveiller qn/qch de près
→ He also kept a close watch on the events in Africa
→ UK travel chiefs kept a close watch on the situation
[examination] attentif (-ive) , minutieux (-euse)
→ She crossed over to have a closer look at the car.
[weather] lourd (e)
It's close this afternoon. Il fait lourd cet après-midi.
→ It's very close today, isn't it?
[room] mal aéré (e)
it was a close shave, it was a close thing, it was a close call il s'en est fallu de peu
→ It was a very close shave. The car only just missed me.
to have a close shave (fig) l'échapper belle
adv près, à proximité
come closer rapproche-toi
close by, close at hand
(=nearby) à côté
→ There was a small lamp on the table close by.
close behind (adv)
→ The children followed close behind.
close up, close to (from a short distance away)
→ It was my first glimpse of him close up.
They always look smaller close to. Ils ont toujours l'air plus petits de près.
close to, close on (British)
→ Sisulu spent close on 30 years in prison.
[+door, window] fermer
→ He opened the door and closed it behind him.
Please close the door. Fermez la porte, s'il vous plaît.
[+bargain, deal] conclure
→ He was trying to close a deal with the Argus Company.
[+conversation] mettre un terme à
→ He spoke as though he wanted to close the conversation.
[shop, office] fermer
What time does the pool close? La piscine ferme à quelle heure?
The shops close at 5.30. Les magasins ferment à cinq heures et demie.
→ Many libraries close on Saturdays at 1 p.m.
[door] se fermer
(=shut again after opening) se refermer
→ The gates close automatically after a vehicle has gone through.
(=end) se terminer
→ The film closes with a scene of sickening violence.
[+century, match, period] fin f
→ By the close of the first half, United's lead should have been more emphatic.
to bring sth to a close mettre fin à qch
[+day] tombée f
→ The view is best of all towards the close of the day.
[+business] clôture f → At the close of trading, the stock stood at $68
[+business, shop] fermer (définitivement)
[business, shop] fermer (définitivement)
→ The magazine closed down following a costly libel action.
[hunters, pursuers] se rapprocher
→ US Special Forces were closing in
to close in on sb/sth cerner qn/qch
→ They closed in on the struggling pig.
→ Soviet troops were closing in on Berlin
the days are closing in les jours raccourcissent
[+area, road] fermer
→ The damage would cause the road to be closed off for hours.
[hair] ras (e) , coupé (e) ras
[+shop, business] fermeture f (définitive)
[clothes] ajusté (e)
[family, community] très uni (e)
[race, contest] serré (e)
→ It was a close run thing before Spain beat Poland 3-2 ...
→ In such a close-run race as this election, the campaign becomes all important.
période f de fermeture de la chasse , (for fishing)
période f de fermeture de la pêche
adj rasé (e) de près
(=photo, shot) gros plan m
n travail m minutieux
→ A tendency to bad eyesight is largely inherited but it is the pressure of close work, such as reading, which brings it on, a study has shown.
→ The needlework classes were a nightmare because I knew I needed glasses and couldn't see properly to do the close work.