• IPA: /ˈkləʊsliː/

closely (comparative closelier, superlative closeliest)

  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; could you move them apart?
  2. (obsolete) secretly; privately
    • That nought she did but wayle, and often steepe / Her dainty couch with tears which closely she did weepe.

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