W2S2 [ˈkləusli] adv
1.) very carefully
The detective watched him closely , waiting for a reply.
closely controlled/guarded/monitored etc
Political activity is closely controlled.
Details of the program are a closely-guarded secret .
2.) to a very great degree
I have been closely involved in the work of both committees.
The successful applicant will be working closely with our international staff.
a creature that closely resembles a red monkey
3.) closely related/connected/associated etc
if two or more things are closely related etc, there is a strong connection between them
closely related subjects such as physics, chemistry, and maths
Her development as a writer is closely connected with her religion.
4.) in a way that is close to other things in time or space
a flash of lightning, followed closely by thunder
We were so closely packed in the elevator I could hardly move.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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