[syn: closely, intimately, nearly]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Closely \Close"ly\, adv.
1. In a close manner.
2. Secretly; privately. [Obs.]
That nought she did but wayle, and often steepe
Her dainty couch with tears which
closely she did weepe. --Spenser.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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
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]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
33 Moby Thesaurus words for "closely":
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,