close·out | \ˈklōz-ˌau̇t \

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- \

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

ban, bar, count (out), debar, eliminate, except, exclude, freeze out, rule out, shut out

Antonyms: Verb

admit, include

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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

Ennis has not been the scorer off the dribble, even against closeouts, that Mbah a Moute has been through his career, but should have no difficulty filling the role as the first player running the floor to the corners. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "James Ennis agrees to 2-year deal with Rockets," 12 July 2018 The Sixers hosted the whole team for their closeout game against the Heat, and honored them on the floor at the first-quarter break. Rob Mahoney,, "Breakaway: Inside the Life of Future Lottery Pick Mikal Bridges," 15 June 2018 SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt breaks down Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, where the Celtics rolled to take a 3-2 lead on the Cavaliers and set up a potential closeout game in Cleveland. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Steve Kerr on Rockets' Santa Fe shooting tribute: 'Agonizing' that it will happen again," 24 May 2018 As brilliant as James is and was again in this closeout game, getting back to the Finals will require more than just a one-man show. Zachariah Durr,, ""More Tristan!" cry Cavs fans as they "Sound Off" on Game 7's win over Pacers (VIDEO)," 29 Apr. 2018 Lantern Moon is having a closeout sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 9. Mary Mooney,, "Local knitter competes on 'Jeopardy!' and rocks a Rose City Yarn Crawl shawl," 5 June 2018 After so many years of postseason flops and crushing disappointment, these Capitals won their fourth consecutive closeout game with a tenacious third-period comeback., "Jackpot! Capitals rally past Golden Knights, 4-3, in Vegas in Game 5 to win their first Stanley Cup," 7 June 2018 Items will be half-price or have special closeout pricing at Saturday’s sale. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "This Week in Naperville," 1 June 2018 But the closeout memo says the other officers present didn't see what Ortiz saw. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Rolling Loud incident felony charge dropped against New York Jets wide receiver | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Australia were then the benefactors of a VAR decision to close out the half as a penalty was awarded in retrospect after Yussuf Poulsen was deemed to have handled the ball in the box, where Mile Jedinak converted to result in a share in the spoils., "Denmark Boss Confident of Reaching Knockout Stages After Australia Draw But Admits Side Are Fatigued," 21 June 2018 On Friday, the Warriors blew their chance to close out the series at the same time. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "New Orleans is energized; can’t say the same for Warriors," 4 May 2018 And now that the fun is back, Jones is looking to close out her storied career at OLM with a bang., "Jones leading OLM to the top with character, talent," 26 Jan. 2018 There were no more break points ahead, and Nadal finally closed out the victory with a backhand volley into an open court. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "On a Wild Day at Wimbledon, Federer Exits and Nadal Hangs On," 11 July 2018 The Red Devils tore Brazil apart on the counter-attack in the first half, before hanging on in the second to close out a famous 2-1 victory. Afp,, "Martinez: 'these boys deserve to be heroes in Belgium'," 6 July 2018 Joe Jimenez took over from Zimmermann to start the ninth and closed out a 3-1 victory More on the Tigers: Starting off: Zimmermann had a rough start, giving up the solo shot in the first, but rebounded nicely. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Zimmermann hammered on second pitch, stellar for next 94 vs. Rangers," 6 July 2018 Poland pushed for an equalizer, but Ndiaye twice came off his line to make necessary saves, helping Senegal close out the victory. Avi Creditor,, "WATCH: Niang Seals Senegal's Win Over Poland on Bizarre Sequence," 19 June 2018 The Brewers were an out away from closing out an efficient and impressive victory with Corey Knebel on the mound in the ninth. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 4, Mets 3: Travis Shaw's poise delivers winning run in 10th inning," 25 May 2018

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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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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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