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

Example Sentences

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
Hascall said the additional funding will cover costs related to the closeout of the rail project, including claims by contractors for compensation tied to delays. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 To merge this point and last, here’s some great individual defense from Forrest, a great closeout from Bogdanovic, and then a good deflection from Clarkson. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Jan. 2022 According to the Illinois Board of Higher Education and Gerlach, a closeout team helped students transfer through the summer. Alan Jinich, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Nov. 2022 According to the Illinois Board of Higher Education and Gerlach, a closeout team helped students transfer through the summer. Max Strickberger, Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2022 But because Millsap is so unable to change directions on the closeout, even slow man Joe Ingles can drive by him easily. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Aug. 2020 Guard Chelsea Gray was named the Finals MVP, after capping off the series with 20 points in the closeout game. USA TODAY, 19 Sep. 2022 Additionally, the retailer has huge savings on end-of-season items like outdoor furniture and grills through its current warehouse clearance event and other cant-miss finds via its open box and closeout sale sections. Sam Peters, Good Housekeeping, 1 Sep. 2022 Right now the retailer has Labor Day flash sales popping up every day, plus other closeout clearance pieces. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 23 Aug. 2022
Verb
Top-tier swimmers made a splash last weekend in Indianapolis as the FINA Swimming World Cup took over the Indiana University Natatorium to close out the World Cup series. Grace Hollars, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Nov. 2022 The Phillies beat the San Diego Padres in five games in the NLCS, winning the opener and rebounding to close out the series with three straight wins after dropping Game 2. Josh Criswell, Chron, 24 Oct. 2022 Houston aims to close out the series on Sunday night when Lance McCullers Jr. starts against Nestor Cortes. Ronald Blum | Baseball Writer, oregonlive, 22 Oct. 2022 The sweep was part of an encouraging weekend for Hockey East, which saw three more teams in nonconference action close out their series with a win. Andrew Mahoney, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Oct. 2022 Thomas had 16 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists for the Sun, who have now won all four of their elimination games in these playoffs, topping Dallas on the road in the first round and beating Chicago in Games 4 and 5 to close out that series. Doug Feinberg, Baltimore Sun, 15 Sep. 2022 Thomas had 16 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists for the Sun, who have now won all four of their elimination games in these playoffs, topping Dallas on the road in the first round and beating Chicago in Games 4 and 5 to close out that series. Doug Feinberg, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Sep. 2022 The Brewers lost a pair of winnable games to close out the series in Chicago earlier this week and are a thrilling comeback Thursday night away from a season-long five-game losing streak. Curt Hogg, Journal Sentinel, 4 June 2022 It's widely viewed as the hit that sparked the rivalry as Colorado would go on to close out the series that night with a 4-1 victory on its way to winning the Stanley Cup over Florida. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 27 May 2022 See More

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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 2 Dec. 2022.

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closeout

noun

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