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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for closeout

Synonyms: Verb

close, complete, conclude, end, finish, round (off or out), terminate, wind up, wrap up

Antonyms: Verb

begin, commence, inaugurate, open, start

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Examples of closeout in a Sentence


a store that sells closeouts


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

With 3:05 left in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Raptors coach Nick Nurse took not one but two timeouts to set his team up for the stretch run, leading by six in a closeout game. Michael Nowels, The Mercury News, "Splash Brothers turn tide late in Warriors’ wild Game 5 win," 10 June 2019 McKinnie learned the term from Jerry Stackhouse, a former NBA pro and coach with Toronto’s G-League team that told his players never to let their hands down during a closeout. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Inside Alfonzo McKinnie’s relationship with Jerry Stackhouse," 10 June 2019 When a closeout invaded the personal space of San Antonio Spurs forward Kahwi Leonard in Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference finals, causing an ankle injury, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was angered. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons add Zaza Pachulia, will move on from Eric Moreland," 8 July 2018 While Bogdanovic can post-up smaller players, put the ball on the floor to attack a closeout and run the pick-and-roll as a ball-handler, these aren't his bread and butter. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "The cases for Pacers retaining or moving on from small forward Bojan Bogdanovic," 26 June 2018 Not wanting to give the Cavs or their fans any hope despite the fact that no team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs, the Warriors built a nine-point halftime lead when Curry ignored a closeout by James and dropped a 3-pointer. Tom Withers, Houston Chronicle, "Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavaliers for second straight title," 8 June 2018 Inventory may be picked over, but Memorial Day sales will offer great deals on winter closeout items, says Eric Glyman, CEO of the price-tracking app Paribus. Courtney Jespersen, USA TODAY, "Holiday deals: 3 things you can buy for less on Memorial Day weekend," 24 May 2018 In Boston's closeout win against Philadelphia on Wednesday, Tatum scored 25 points, extending his streak of 20-point games to seven. Chris Fedor,, "Tyronn Lue and Celtics rising star Jayson Tatum are cousins, just not when it comes to the playoffs," 10 May 2018 With Korver's marksmanship and floor spacing, the Cavaliers found their 3-point identity after struggling against the Pacers' forceful closeouts. Chris Fedor,, "Cleveland Cavaliers give LeBron James plenty of help in four-game sweep of Toronto Raptors," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Mewis entered as a 65th-minute substitute for Rose Lavelle to help the US close out a 2-1 victory over England in the semifinals. Frank Dell’apa,, "With World Cup title in hand, Hanson’s Sam Mewis relishes the role she played for US," 9 July 2019 The biggest catch of the contest closed out Pasadena’s fifth frame when the club nearly chewed up a 3-0 deficit. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Outfielders preserve Friendswood White’s one victory at Pinto Region Tournament," 8 July 2019 BUSINESS The National Museum of African American Music will close out Black Music Month 2019 by honoring icons George Clinton, Doug E. Fresh and Gloria Gaynor at its sixth annual Celebration of Legends Gala. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "George Clinton, Gloria Gaynor & Doug E. Fresh Named National Museum of African American Music Honorees," 26 June 2019 Uber closed out regular trading on May 30 at $39.80, 11% below its $45 IPO price. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "Uber’s earnings are confusing by design," 30 May 2019 The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 closed out February with their best two-month start to a year in roughly three decades, despite ending the month with three sessions of slight declines. David Hodari, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Close Lower, but Hold Onto Year-To-Date Gains," 28 Feb. 2019 Leave it to Marc to close out New York Fashion Week with a truly epic casting. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Christy Turlington Just Walked the Runway For The First Time Since the '90s," 14 Feb. 2019 During those times, Bell either admittedly tried too hard into taking mid-range jumpers, reaching for steals or failing to close out properly on defenders. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "What’s next for Jordan Bell after he becomes a restricted free agent?," 28 June 2019 But the account is mine to use or decide to close out. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Dribbble’s CEO accused of suspending an artist’s account for criticizing the site’s changes," 26 June 2019

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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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The first known use of closeout was in the 14th century

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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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