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 The nonprofit National Center for Missing & Exploited Children operates a clearinghouse for tips of child online exploitation. CBS News, 15 Mar. 2022 Providing high-quality research is essential to the industry’s lobbying efforts with government and public relations and, as a central clearinghouse, the MPA is uniquely positioned to process that data. Bob Verini, Variety, 9 Mar. 2022 The blaze started Sunday just north of Flagstaff and is 0% contained, according to the InciWeb website, a national wildfire clearinghouse. Paradise Afshar And Steve Almasy, CNN, 21 Apr. 2022 The area in the burn radius of the fire is filled with dry grass, brush and Ponderosa pine, according to fire clearinghouse InciWeb. CBS News, 20 Apr. 2022 Hoosiers For Good acts as a clearinghouse to connect those athletes with charitable causes in-state. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Apr. 2022 Your first planning stop should be, a clearinghouse maintained by local partner agencies. Scott Hewitt, oregonlive, 27 Mar. 2022 While overseeing elections, the office also enforces the state’s public records law, polices the financial industry, and is a clearinghouse for corporations registering with the state., 8 Apr. 2022 Most big-city departments track the performance of the SWAT, drug, and other units often involved in serving warrants, but there's no clearinghouse for data. Peter Nickeas, CNN, 12 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clearinghouse

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of clearinghouse was in 1792

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21 May 2022

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“Clearinghouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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