closeout

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noun

close·​out ˈklōz-ˌau̇t How to pronounce closeout (audio)
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

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verb

closed out; closing out; closes out

transitive verb

1
a
b
: preclude
close out his chances
2
a
: 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
3
a
: 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The perimeter concepts have remained largely the same, pressuring the ball 94 feet, switching screens, sitting in gaps, helping on drives, not giving up baseline, rotating on double teams, high-hand closeouts. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Mar. 2024 Senior Ian Straley made the Lightning pay for late closeouts. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 26 Jan. 2024 Defensively, the Suns weren’t redirecting the Clippers on drives and weren’t close enough on the 3-ball closeouts. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 4 Jan. 2024 Since those comments, the defense has been stellar, with crisp closeouts, aggressiveness on the glass, and timely rotations. Khari Thompson, BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2023 The Aztecs are elite defensively on the perimeter and at the rim, using Nathan Mensah’s drop defense to protect the latter and relentless ball pressure and highhanded closeouts to protect the former. Tanner McGrath, Chicago Tribune, 1 Apr. 2023 Then, the highlight of the game came with just more than three minutes remaining in the third when Green exploded baseline on a late closeout from Cunningham, propelling to the rim for the dunk, and then yelled in Cunningham's face, incurring a technical foul. Rahat Huq, Chron, 11 Nov. 2021 Everyone had a hand in this, from Jarred Vanderbilt’s defense on Ja Morant, to James and Davis dominating in the closeout to Dennis Schroder’s defensive havoc. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2023 The closeout is everything. Jennifer Lee, Forbes, 8 June 2022
Verb
Moments later, Kelly Xu made a par putt at 16 to close out Catherine Park and give the Cardinal their clinching third point. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2024 Mizzou sophomore Taylor Pannell entered to close out for the Tigers. Maddie Hartley, Kansas City Star, 19 May 2024 Republican National Committee co-chair Lara Trump, the former president’s daughter-in-law, was scheduled to speak at Saturday night’s dinner banquet, closing out the second day of the conference. Ryan MacAsero, The Mercury News, 18 May 2024 The Beach needed four chances to close out the set, finally clinching on a solo block by McRaven. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2024 Feel Good co-creator Mae Martin, Welcome to Chippendales star Kumail Nanjiani and Nailed It host Nicole Byer rounded out the comedy sets and Offerman closed out the night with a few more tunes. Nicole Fell, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 May 2024 Goldfish closed out by talking about her career evolution. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 9 May 2024 Boston closes out the second with another goal The Bruins closed out the second period with a third goal, this time from Brandon Carlo, with 20.6 seconds left on the clock. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 7 May 2024 The Trinity League champion added three runs in the fifth to close out the Cougars (21-7), who captured the Division 3 title last season. Dan Albano, Orange County Register, 7 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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

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Cite this Entry

“Closeout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/closeout. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

closeout

noun
close·​out ˈklōz-ˌau̇t How to pronounce closeout (audio)
: a sale of leftover merchandise
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