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

Oakwood will also be pricing its designer show homes for sale as part of the closeout. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, "Last chance for new single-family homes in Castle Rock under $400,000, as last Carriage Houses vanish in Meadows," 8 Aug. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This leg of the tour will close out with two shows at the The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Guns N' Roses Reveal Support Acts For Not in This Lifetime Tour Dates," 6 Sep. 2019 Ryu still paces the league with a 2.35 ERA, but Scherzer — a three-time Cy Young winner with a 2.46 ERA — will close out the season stronger to take the award. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman: Predicting wild cards, pennants and World Series winner, plus 2019 individual awards," 3 Sep. 2019 After Saturday night’s game, the 49ers will close out the preseason next Thursday against the Chargers at Levi’s Stadium. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Live updates: 49ers vs. Chiefs in preseason, Saturday night," 24 Aug. 2019 Elle King will close out the fair’s entertainment schedule on the main stage. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska State Fair 2019 concert lineup: Home Free, Cole Swindell, Elle King and more," 22 Aug. 2019 Though Glendale dropped its following game, the Vaqueros won back-to-back contests to close out the season with a 3-3 conference record and a 3-7 overall mark. Vincent Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "Looking Back: Conference titles highlight 2018-2019 campaign for Glendale Community College," 9 Aug. 2019 Syracuse recovered and won six of its last seven games to close out the season, including a 34-18 victory against West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl. Chaunte'l Powell,, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 25 Syracuse surges under coach Dino Babers," 1 Aug. 2019 Sometimes the Knicks get blown out at MSG (though Christmas at the Garden has its charms) and sometimes a middling West squad closes out the night. Michael Shapiro,, "NBA Schedule Release: Interesting Storylines That Will Shape the 2019-20 Season," 13 Aug. 2019 The lefthander pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 26th save, and Washington closed out the Mets for a 7-4 victory Sunday. Charles O'brien,, "Nationals’ Cabrera stings Mets, ending their eight-game streak," 12 Aug. 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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