closely

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

close +‎ -ly

Adverb[edit]

closely (comparative more closely, superlative most closely)

  1. In a close manner.
    Finnish and Estonian are closely related languages.
    The borderline between East and West Berlin was very closely guarded.
    The chairs are too closely spaced.
  2. (obsolete) secretly; privately
    • Spenser
      That nought she did but wayle, and often steepe / Her dainty couch with tears which closely she did weepe.

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