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: 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 Frisco Lakes, a leader in North Texas for active adult communities for over a decade, is nearing closeout. Dallas News, "Active adult communities boast amenities," 11 Oct. 2020 In his previous 48 career closeout games, James entered 38-10, averaging 28.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 blocks while shooting .482 from the field and .325 from three. Ira Winderman,, "Jimmy Butler outduels LeBron James as Heat force Game 6 with 111-108 win over Lakers," 10 Oct. 2020 Still, a huge performance by Davis in a closeout game could potentially close the gap for Finals MVP. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Lakers vs. Heat: Three keys to watch in Game 5 of the NBA Finals," 9 Oct. 2020 Baker earned his first closeout win since the 2003 NL Division Series and improved to 4-13 in closeouts. Beth Harris,, "Bang! Bang! Astros thump away vs Oakland, return to ALCS," 8 Oct. 2020 James has played 17 closeout playoff games — and has won 16. Tania Ganguli,, "LeBron James is one win from title and respect of Lakers fans," 8 Oct. 2020 Enter your email to see the deals, and score up to 75% closeout styles. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "The best sales to shop today: Adidas, MacBook Pro, KitchenAid and more," 22 Sep. 2020 After dropping consecutive potential closeout games, the potential is there to unravel. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Jazz remain resolute ahead of Tuesday’s Game 7: ‘We’re not planning on going home’," 31 Aug. 2020 But losing three closeout opportunities to the Nuggets cost the Clippers a chance to play the Los Angeles Lakers in the West finals, and likely played a role in Rivers not remaining as coach. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, "AP source: 76ers set to hire Rivers as new coach," 1 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Florida State leads the series against Louisville 17-4 all time and won the last 2 meetings, including last year's 35-24 game in which Louisville came back from being down 21 points in the first quarter but couldn't close out the win. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Here's how to watch Louisville football play Florida State on Saturday," 21 Oct. 2020 Jansen assumed a similar position in the ninth inning Sunday night, warmed and ready to close out the Atlanta Braves if called upon in the decisive seventh game of the NL Championship Series at Globe Life Field. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, "Why Dave Roberts chose Julio Urías over Kenley Jansen in Game 7," 19 Oct. 2020 Buying into the old adage, look good, play good, the Shoremen celebrated the two-score lead in maroon pants and alternate grey jerseys with maroon numbers and gold trim in style, but were left needing more to close out the hungry Grizzles. cleveland, "No. 5 Avon Lake imposes defensive will in 30-7 D-II, Region 6 triumph over Wadsworth," 17 Oct. 2020 The Bengals have struggled to close out both the first half and second half this season. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Week 5 three keys: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens," 9 Oct. 2020 The jersey will remind them to close out the Finals just the way Bryant would have wanted. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Lakers ready for ultimate Kobe Bryant tribute in potential NBA Finals clincher," 8 Oct. 2020 Not long after that, Kenley Jansen struck out Christian Yelich to close out a 4-2 win for the Dodgers — and bring this historic day of baseball to a close. Noah Trister, Star Tribune, "September Madness: MLB stages 8 playoff games in 1 day," 1 Oct. 2020 Current dates are scheduled to close out on Dec. 7 in Sydney. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Yungblud Announces The Weird Time of Life Digital Tour," 28 Sep. 2020 The Miami Heat will try to close out the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday, Sept. 27. Mark Heim |, al, "Celtics vs. Heat Game 6 live stream (9/27): How to watch NBA playoffs online, TV, time," 27 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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17 Oct 2020

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“Closeout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 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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