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

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 In the closeout game Sunday against Chicago, the Reds are favored to win for the first time in this four-game series. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Best bets: Cincinnati Reds have a chance to rise to second place in NL Central," 31 Aug. 2020 Here, Georges Niang has to know that Jerami Grant is a shooting threat, but instead, the closeout is pretty lackadaisical. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The Triple Team: Jazz lose double-digit lead with sloppy, careless, and even some lazy play to keep Nuggets in series," 26 Aug. 2020 In last year’s playoffs, Lillard buried a 37-foot game-winner over George in Portland’s first-round closeout against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Blazers' Damian Lillard claps back at Clippers' Patrick Beverley and Paul George for taunts," 8 Aug. 2020 This golf course community is nearing closeout and has a limited number of homesites and homes underway remaining. Dallas News, "New homes ready for move-in," 12 July 2020 His heroic closeout at Dallas was proof of progress. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Malik Beasley, in and out of Nuggets’ rotation, on trade rumors: “I just hoop”," 10 Jan. 2020 Budget closeout figures for 2019 showed a General Fund surplus of $2.9 million, bringing the city's unencumbered cash balance to $10.3 million. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Cleveland Heights prepares best- to worst-case scenarios for budget with COVID-19 symptoms," 29 June 2020 The company helped shape the omnibus energy bill, which set closeout dates for those plants. Washington Post, "Virginia’s first offshore wind turbines promise jobs and clean power. They won’t come cheap," 30 June 2020 Now, the online megastore is putting on a Fourth of July clearance sale with up to 70% off homewares, plus there's also a closeout section with up to 80%-off deals. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Wayfair is taking up to 70% off during its July 4th Clearance sale," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With two chances to close out the Raptors, Walker largely stunk. Dan Woike,, "For Celtics guard Kemba Walker, advancing to East finals ‘a special feeling’," 12 Sep. 2020 Agler said down the stretch in both regulation and especially in overtime his young team made some crucial defensive plays that helped Dallas close out the game. Angel Franco, Dallas News, "Wings led to overtime victory by career night from Arike Ogunbowale," 6 Sep. 2020 Can’t that at least wait until the Heat close out the Bucks? Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: If Heat were looking ahead, preferred East opponent would be . . . ?," 5 Sep. 2020 Allemand, the Mitchells and company have held down the Fever backcourt in her absence, but Wheeler's veteran presence has been missed, especially as the Fever struggled to close out games early this season. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "She's missed the entire WNBA season after positive COVID test. How Indiana Fever All-Star Erica Wheeler is staying involved," 26 Aug. 2020 Still, since the restart the Blazers have managed to come up with enough stops in key moments to allow the offense to close out seven of nine games with victories. oregonlive, "Damian Lillard, Blazers stun LeBron James, Lakers in playoff opener: Live updates recap," 18 Aug. 2020 The second-year coach, who was hired last year as the third coach in three years, said attitude changes will have to change to close out games with a win. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Jeffersonville football wants 'attitude changes' to close out games in the 2020 season," 11 Aug. 2020 With Pedro Santos' opening score in the 52nd minute standing as the game-winner, Columbus (7-1-2) would go on to close out the 3-0 victory, dropping FC Cincinnati to 2-6-3. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "FC Cincinnati's goalless drought continues as Gyasi Zardes leads Columbus Crew SC to 3-0 win," 7 Sep. 2020 Moffatt’s two parting shots were interceptions in the two stadium practices, including one off Mayfield in an end-of-game period to close out the first trip. cleveland, "The 1st 53-man roster for Browns’ GM Andrew Berry & Kevin Stefanski has tons of star power, 2 QBs, 5 TEs & 1 thin spot," 5 Sep. 2020

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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 Sep 2020

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“Closeout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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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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