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.
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 a close manner; "the two phenomena are intimately
connected"; "the person most nearly concerned" [syn: intimately,
3: in an attentive manner; "he remained close on his guard"
[syn: close, tight]