close·​out | \ ˈklōz-ˌau̇t How to pronounce closeout (audio) \

Definition of closeout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a clearing out by a sale usually at reduced prices of the whole remaining stock (as of a business)
2 : an article offered or bought at a closeout

close out

\ ˈklōz- How to pronounce close out (audio) \
closed out; closing out; closes out

Definition of close out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : exclude
b : preclude close out his chances
2a : to dispose of a whole stock of by sale
b : to dispose of (a business)
c : sell closed out his share of the business
d : to put (an account) in order for disposal or transfer
3a : to bring to an often rapid or abrupt conclusion close out a career
b : to discontinue operation of

intransitive verb

1 : to sell out a business
2 : to buy or sell securities or commodities in order to terminate an account

Synonyms & Antonyms for closeout

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of closeout in a Sentence

Noun a store that sells closeouts Verb the team closed out the season with major losses don't assume an attitude that closes out any possibility of a compromise
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Connecting on an insane 8-of-10 from 3, Booker scored 33 of his career playoff-high 47 points in the first half of his first career closeout game. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 22 July 2021 The Hawks are 5-2 in the playoffs so far on the road, including closeout wins at New York and Philadelphia. ... Tim Reynolds, Star Tribune, 22 June 2021 Lakers fans also didn't like that Davis was called for a foul on a closeout 3-pointer only 15 seconds into Game 3. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, 28 May 2021 Spurs rookie Devin Vassell grabbed the loose ball, found Johnson in the left corner, and swung it to him for what should have been a 3-point try — except that Gobert’s quick closeout prevented him from launching it. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 May 2021 This summer, Beachside is in the final closeout of water view homesites. Chron, 10 July 2021 Finally, Suns are 2-0 in closeout games this year, but both have been on the road in Game 6 against the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers and Game 4 versus the fourth-seeded Denver Nuggets. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 29 June 2021 Paul said Green told him during Game 6 closeout road win over the Clippers the Suns need to get ball across half-court with 20 seconds left in the shot clock. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 8 July 2021 The Suns completed the sweep in Game 4 as Paul and Booker combined for 71 points in the closeout victory. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 22 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ultimately, the sense is Goran works his way toward his preferred (and most viable) option of the Mavericks, to close out the season alongside Slovenian compatriot Luka Doncic. Ira Winderman,, 29 Nov. 2021 Grand Canyon went on a 29-7 run in the final 12 minutes to close out NAIA Life Pacific and win 82-47 Wednesday night at GCU Arena. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 26 Nov. 2021 The Bucs improved to 5-1 with a 59-37 win over St. Paul’s to close out the tournament. Reports, al, 26 Nov. 2021 On Saturday, the Cards face a date with Maryland or Richmond to close out their stay in Nassau. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 25 Nov. 2021 Holmer went from dishing the ball out to putting it down to close out the match, coming up with three kills during a closing 6-2 surge that clinched Metea playing for the title. Steve Millar,, 13 Nov. 2021 Basilashvili pulled out an ace of his own to set up match point and produced another big serve that Tsitsipas couldn't return to close out the match in just over two hours. Beth Harris, ajc, 16 Oct. 2021 Riding the momentum, Kontaveit got the early break in the second set (2-1), winning her next four service games to close out the match. cleveland, 28 Aug. 2021 Fernald, a senior, won the tiebreaker 7-5 to take the first set 7-6 and prevailed in the second set 6-2 to close out the match at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford. Buddy Collings,, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of closeout


1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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11 Nov 2021

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“Closeout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of closeout

: a sale in which a store tries to sell all of its products because the store is going out of business
: a sale to sell all of the old models of a product so that a store can sell the new models
: a product that is being sold at a closeout


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