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 for closely
From 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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From WordNet (r) 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]

From 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,
     well-nigh
  
  

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