clear·​ing·​house | \ ˈklir-iŋ-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce clearinghouse (audio) \

Definition of clearinghouse

1 : an establishment maintained by banks for settling mutual claims and accounts
2 : a central agency for the collection, classification, and distribution especially of information broadly : an informal channel for distributing information or assistance

Examples of clearinghouse in a Sentence

an online clearinghouse for information on museums around the world
Recent Examples on the Web Robinhood also had to raise billions of dollars from its backers to comply with a request from the industry’s clearinghouse. Katie Roof, Fortune, "Robinhood, darling of the day traders, says it files for IPO," 24 Mar. 2021 Anti-Asian bigotry has surged since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Stop AAPI Hate, a nonprofit clearinghouse tracking hate incidents. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "For San Diego’s Asian community, Georgia shootings compound a year of pandemic hate," 18 Mar. 2021 The script’s flashback structure allows for a lot of shocking scenes of cops committing crimes; but what ultimately results is like a clearinghouse of bad LAPD behavior in the 1990s, much of it unrelated to the Notorious B.I.G. case. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Tupac, Biggie and corruption in the LAPD still add up to a stale ‘City of Lies’," 18 Mar. 2021 Many banks and brokers are currently awash in cash with basically nowhere to go, so having to park some at a clearinghouse may be a relatively light burden for the time being. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Instant Settlement May Not Be Gratifying for All," 16 Mar. 2021 The clearinghouse unveiled Thursday will initially list drivers expelled by the ride-hailing rivals in the U.S. Michael Liedtke, USA TODAY, "'Sharing safety program': Uber, Lyft team up on database to expose abusive drivers," 12 Mar. 2021 The new state vaccine clearinghouse also displays available appointment times at some providers, but directs users to provider websites for other locations such as Walgreen’s, Giant Eagle and Marc’s. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Free parking, Pfizer vaccine: What to expect at the Wolstein Center coronavirus mass vaccination site when it opens Wednesday," 12 Mar. 2021 Analysts for the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, the state’s clearinghouse for criminal justice statistics, have studied Measure 11 twice since it was passed, with the latest study set for release next week. oregonlive, "Could Measure 11′s mandatory prison sentences disappear?," 27 Feb. 2021 The drug clearinghouse went into effect in January of last year. Steve Banker, Forbes, "GlobalTranz And Echo Global Logistics Both Report 40 Percent Fourth Quarter Revenue Growth," 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of clearinghouse

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Apr 2021

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“Clearinghouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of clearinghouse

: a business that banks use to exchange checks and money between them
: an organization that collects and gives out information about a specific thing


clear·​ing·​house | \ ˈklir-iŋ-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce clearinghouse (audio) \

Legal Definition of clearinghouse

: an institution that arranges for payment of checks owed by one bank to another

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