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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
closely
    adv 1: in a close relation or position in time or space; "the
           onsets were closely timed"; "houses set closely
           together"; "was closely involved in monitoring daily
           progress"
    2: in an attentive manner; "he remained close on his guard"
       [syn: close, closely, tight]
    3: in a close manner; "the two phenomena are intimately
       connected"; "the person most nearly concerned" [syn:
       closely, intimately, nearly]

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Closely \Close"ly\, adv.
   1. In a close manner.
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   2. Secretly; privately. [Obs.]
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            That nought she did but wayle, and often steepe
            Her dainty couch with tears which
            closely she did weepe.                --Spenser.
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Thesaurus Results for closely:

1. Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
all but, almost, as good as, barely, carefully, close, compactly, densely, firmly, hardly, heavily, heedfully, intently, just about, meticulously, mindfully, minutely, narrowly, near, nearly, nigh, nighhand, not quite, only just, pretty near, punctiliously, scrupulously, sharply, solidly, thick, thickly, thoughtfully, well-nigh
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