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 Paul said Green told him during Game 6 closeout road win over the Clippers the Suns need to get ball across half-court with 20 seconds left in the shot clock. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 8 July 2021 The Suns completed the sweep in Game 4 as Paul and Booker combined for 71 points in the closeout victory. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 22 July 2021 The Clippers entered Friday’s contest losing eight consecutive closeout games that could have secured a Western Conference finals berth. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, 19 June 2021 His 50 points were tied for the most all-time in a closeout game of the NBA Finals, per ESPN Stats and Information research, equaling Bob Pettit's 50 points for the St. Louis Hawks at home in Game 6 of the 1958 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 July 2021 The best goalie on the planet earned his fifth straight shutout in a closeout game., 9 July 2021 Heading into the closeout game for the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo is doubtful and Hawks star Trae Young is questionable with injuries. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 July 2021 By design, Gobert would sag off the corner if Mann was spotted up, and only give a mild closeout unless Mann started making the Jazz pay. Shane Young, Forbes, 19 June 2021 Booker is averaging nearly 28 points in the playoffs and had one of the postseason's signature moments with 47 points in a closeout win over the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. David Brandt, Star Tribune, 19 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Back-to-back birdies on holes Nos. 7 and 8 helped DeChambeau close out the front nine with a 29. Edward Lee,, 28 Aug. 2021 The group hosts Miami to close out the month on Friday. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 27 Aug. 2021 Festival favorite the Flaming Lips, another rock band that made their mark in the '90s, will now close out the Generac Power Stage on the festival's final night. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Aug. 2021 But a vigorous mid-season cutback allows new, much cleaner foliage and new blooms to close out the season. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 14 Aug. 2021 The Los Angeles Clippers smothered the Suns Monday, 116-102, which means not only did the Suns not close out the Western Conference Finals, but the series heads back to LA for Game 6 on Wednesday. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 30 June 2021 Vegas believes the Suns will close out the Western Conference Finals this evening and the public is fully on board with that line of thought. Alex Kay, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Should the Nuggets need any extra motivation to close out the series, there are a couple of examples in their recent history. oregonlive, 3 June 2021 Inter Miami went 4-3-1 and allowed 1.25 goals per match with McCarthy in goal to close out the 2020 season before falling to Nashville SC in the playoffs. Khobi Price,, 27 May 2021

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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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12 Sep 2021

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“Closeout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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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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