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An example use of close in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… cheapism.com ranked it close to last in …”
Close means to bring something or someone to a point of contact with something else.
the word close occurs in english on average 206.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that close can be often used in the following areas:
1) business and work;
2) communication, information, and media;
3) people, society, and culture;