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

close, complete, conclude, end, finish, round (off or out), terminate, wind up, wrap up

Antonyms: Verb

begin, commence, inaugurate, open, start

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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

In Boston's closeout win against Philadelphia on Wednesday, Tatum scored 25 points, extending his streak of 20-point games to seven. Chris Fedor,, "Tyronn Lue and Celtics rising star Jayson Tatum are cousins, just not when it comes to the playoffs," 10 May 2018 With Korver's marksmanship and floor spacing, the Cavaliers found their 3-point identity after struggling against the Pacers' forceful closeouts. Chris Fedor,, "Cleveland Cavaliers give LeBron James plenty of help in four-game sweep of Toronto Raptors," 7 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Big Little Lies’ Laura Dern, Jim Sturgess, James Jagger, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. also stopped by to support the premiere, which closed out the festival's 43rd year. Jamie Lincoln, Vogue, "Inside the Most Star-Studded Premieres and Parties at the Toronto International Film Festival," 18 Sep. 2018 Nevertheless, the movie is a victory for both Universal and the summer box office, which closes out June on a high note, thanks in large measure to the combined strength of the dinos, Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2 and Incredibles 2. Pamela Mcclintock, Billboard, "Weekend Box Office: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Dunks 'Uncle Drew,' 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' With $60M," 1 July 2018 Day 2 starts off at the Red Stage with a performance by Westside Gunn at 12:40 p.m., while headliner Jack White will close out the day over at Green Stage at 9:20 p.m. Aimee Ortiz,, "Sights and sounds of Boston Calling Day 2," 26 May 2018 Through tonight: High pressure takes firm control in the early evening, leaving us with what should amount to a beautiful sunset to close out the day. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "PM Update: Clear, calm and cool tonight; near-perfect conditions for Thursday.," 23 May 2018 The fighting was halted in 1953 with an armistice agreement, which technically did not close out the state of war. John Wagner,, "Trump touts 'historic' meeting between Korean leaders but says 'only time will tell' where it leads," 27 Apr. 2018 Heat's playoff picture The Miami Heat closed out the regular season with a win behind a record-setting performance from one of its best players off the bench. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "The Heat ended the regular season with a win. Now, it's time to shift to playoff mode | Miami Herald," 12 Apr. 2018 SportsPulse: Upsets and buzzer-beaters close out the first day of the second round of the NCAA tournament. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "2018 NCAA tournament: Michigan's buzzer-beater 'is what March is made of'," 18 Mar. 2018 SportsPulse: Upsets and buzzer-beaters close out the first day of the second round of the NCAA tournament. Dana Sulonen, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State's Matt McQuaid hits insane banked 3-pointer vs. Syracuse," 18 Mar. 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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The first known use of closeout was in the 14th century

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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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