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

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

With 3:05 left in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Raptors coach Nick Nurse took not one but two timeouts to set his team up for the stretch run, leading by six in a closeout game. Michael Nowels, The Mercury News, "Splash Brothers turn tide late in Warriors’ wild Game 5 win," 10 June 2019 McKinnie learned the term from Jerry Stackhouse, a former NBA pro and coach with Toronto’s G-League team that told his players never to let their hands down during a closeout. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Inside Alfonzo McKinnie’s relationship with Jerry Stackhouse," 10 June 2019 When a closeout invaded the personal space of San Antonio Spurs forward Kahwi Leonard in Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference finals, causing an ankle injury, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was angered. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons add Zaza Pachulia, will move on from Eric Moreland," 8 July 2018 While Bogdanovic can post-up smaller players, put the ball on the floor to attack a closeout and run the pick-and-roll as a ball-handler, these aren't his bread and butter. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "The cases for Pacers retaining or moving on from small forward Bojan Bogdanovic," 26 June 2018 Not wanting to give the Cavs or their fans any hope despite the fact that no team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs, the Warriors built a nine-point halftime lead when Curry ignored a closeout by James and dropped a 3-pointer. Tom Withers, Houston Chronicle, "Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavaliers for second straight title," 8 June 2018 Inventory may be picked over, but Memorial Day sales will offer great deals on winter closeout items, says Eric Glyman, CEO of the price-tracking app Paribus. Courtney Jespersen, USA TODAY, "Holiday deals: 3 things you can buy for less on Memorial Day weekend," 24 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are five games to close out the weekend in the first batch of preseason contests for most of the league. Scooby Axson,, "NFL Training Camp Notebook: Murray, Jones Shine In Preseason Debuts," 9 Aug. 2019 After starting the year with 12 straight games on the road, due to construction at Providence Park, the Timbers will close out the regular season by playing 11 of their final 12 games at home. Jamie Goldberg,, "After back-to-back losses, Portland Timbers looking to close out week with win over Vancouver Whitecaps," 9 Aug. 2019 Saisai and Sakkari exchanged breaks in the first set en route to the tiebreaker, which Zheng closed out on her second set point. Ted Ward, The Mercury News, "Tennis: Zheng Saisai reaches Silicon Valley Classic final," 3 Aug. 2019 There will be bingo and a car, truck and motorcycle show on Saturday, and a free fireworks show will close out the festivities on Sunday. Hank Beckman,, "Bands, shows and food vendors set for La Grange Endless Summerfest Aug. 2-4," 26 July 2019 A few days later, in a 25-point loss to the Bucks that closed out the Celtics’ season, Irving shot just 6 of 21 from the field. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "Kyrie Irving Commits to Brooklyn, Cementing Nets as Kings of New York," 30 June 2019 The Miami Marlins, after drafting a pair of Southeastern Conference outfielders with their first two picks in the 2019 MLB Draft, closed out their first day by selecting a top high school shortstop. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "Who is Nasim Nunez, the Miami Marlins’ second-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft?," 3 June 2019 Advertising The Warriors can close out the series with a victory Monday. Anne M. Peterson, The Seattle Times, "Lillard separated ribs in Game 2 against the Warriors," 19 May 2019 There was a time when many thought Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes would provide a stifling and reliable pairing in the Red Sox bullpen to close out games this season. Nick Kelly,, "Red Sox demote struggling Ryan Brasier to Pawtucket," 16 July 2019

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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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