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 Some are closeouts or overruns, as well as items specifically made for Macy’s Backstage. Peter Marteka,, "Macy’s logistics center to remain in South Windsor," 2 Dec. 2019 The Celtics were down by 17 with just over eight minutes left in the second quarter when Antetokounmpo was late on a closeout, allowing Smart to drill another three from the left arc., "The indelible Marcus Smart moments from the Celtics’ rousing comeback win over the Bucks Wednesday were very much in line with his typical indelible moments. They mostly involved Smart pestering and agitating the opponent while also being the electrical current for his teammates.," 1 Nov. 2019 On the first, Porter had a poor closeout and Cameron Johnson breezed past him into the lane. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. can be “terror” on defense," 16 Oct. 2019 The Nuggets were slow in their rotations and late on numerous 3-point closeout attempts. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets run winning streak to five with convincing victory over Suns," 24 Nov. 2019 From December 4th through the 7th, shop cyber week closeout deals with up to 80 percent off. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Best Black Friday Home Deals to Shop This Year, at All Your Favorite Brands," 23 Nov. 2019 Some clips displayed slow closeouts on Miami’s shooters, including Duncan Robinson who set a Heat record for 3-pointers in a half with eight. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ off day film session focused on accountability, effort and challenging one another," 22 Nov. 2019 Their closeouts were tighter and their interior defense, led by Plumlee and Millsap, was far stouter. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Second-half rally saves Nuggets in comeback win over Nets," 14 Nov. 2019 Thomas continued to play through treatment, carrying the Celtics to the playoffs and through the first two rounds, including a 53-point performance in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Wizards, and then 29 in the closeout game., "Isaiah Thomas trying to make the most of what may be his final chance - The Boston Globe," 14 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Prediction Navy 33, Kansas State 30 Navy closed out its season on a three-game winning streak, capped off by a 31-7 win over Army. Cameron Dasilva, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Liberty Bowl: Kansas State vs. Navy odds, picks and best bets," 26 Dec. 2019 Wall Street closed out a listless day Friday with tiny gains and more record highs for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq. Washington Post, "Markets have muted reaction to long-awaited China trade deal," 13 Dec. 2019 The Red Raiders closed out the season with five straight losses, including three starts by Mayfield. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Kliff Kingsbury on his old feud with Baker Mayfield: ‘I could’ve handled things differently’," 11 Dec. 2019 In their 25-year history, no Jaguars team has closed out a season losing six or more consecutive games. John Reid, USA TODAY, "Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone: 'We're all fighting for our jobs'," 11 Dec. 2019 The freshman closed out the night with a team-leading 13 rebounds to go with 12 points. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "FBCA uses suspenseful victory in overtime to up win streak to four," 9 Dec. 2019 Rockland 48, East Bridgewater 14 — Dante Vasquez, the program’s single-season rushing leader, closed out a tremendous senior season with 235 yards and three TDs along with two touchdown passes for the Bulldogs (10-1)., "Marshfield romps against Duxbury’s reserves - The Boston Globe," 29 Nov. 2019 Wall Street closed out the week with more milestones Friday as the Dow Jones industrial average crossed 28,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit record highs. Alex Veiga,, "Amid many market milestones, Dow tops 28,000," 15 Nov. 2019 In a blockbuster Tuesday night starting at 6 p.m., the mercurial Kyrgios will make his second appearance in Delray Beach followed by 2011 Delray singles champion Juan Martin del Potro closing out the night. Gary Curreri,, "Delray Beach Open continues to see stars," 13 Nov. 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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13 Jan 2020

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“Closeout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 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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