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 Frisco Lakes, a leader in North Texas for active adult communities for over a decade, is nearing closeout. Dallas News, "Active adult communities boast amenities," 11 Oct. 2020 In his previous 48 career closeout games, James entered 38-10, averaging 28.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 blocks while shooting .482 from the field and .325 from three. Ira Winderman,, "Jimmy Butler outduels LeBron James as Heat force Game 6 with 111-108 win over Lakers," 10 Oct. 2020 Still, a huge performance by Davis in a closeout game could potentially close the gap for Finals MVP. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Lakers vs. Heat: Three keys to watch in Game 5 of the NBA Finals," 9 Oct. 2020 Baker earned his first closeout win since the 2003 NL Division Series and improved to 4-13 in closeouts. Beth Harris,, "Bang! Bang! Astros thump away vs Oakland, return to ALCS," 8 Oct. 2020 James has played 17 closeout playoff games — and has won 16. Tania Ganguli,, "LeBron James is one win from title and respect of Lakers fans," 8 Oct. 2020 Enter your email to see the deals, and score up to 75% closeout styles. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "The best sales to shop today: Adidas, MacBook Pro, KitchenAid and more," 22 Sep. 2020 After dropping consecutive potential closeout games, the potential is there to unravel. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Jazz remain resolute ahead of Tuesday’s Game 7: ‘We’re not planning on going home’," 31 Aug. 2020 But losing three closeout opportunities to the Nuggets cost the Clippers a chance to play the Los Angeles Lakers in the West finals, and likely played a role in Rivers not remaining as coach. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, "AP source: 76ers set to hire Rivers as new coach," 1 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Chicago would hold Tampa Bay to a field goal, and then score 14 unanswered points to close out the half with a 14-13 lead. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Nick Foles prevails again over Tom Brady, leading Bears to win with late field goal," 9 Oct. 2020 King of the court: The naming of Finals MVP could come before the stroke of midnight Friday, should the Lakers close out the series. Ira Winderman,, "Five things to look for in Game 5 of NBA Finals, with LeBron James at closing time," 8 Oct. 2020 The Astros, holding a 2-1 series advantage, will try once again to close out Oakland with Game 4 at 2:35 p.m. Thursday. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Athletics trip up Astros bullpen in Game 3 to extend ALDS," 7 Oct. 2020 The benchmark index was coming off its first four-week losing streak in more than a year and is on track to close out September with a loss of 4.2% after five months of gains. Arkansas Online, "Wall Street claws back some of its losses from September," 28 Sep. 2020 The Knights added to their early lead with a three-yard touchdown run from Sterling to close out the opening quarter with a 14-0 advantage. cleveland, "No. 1 Archbishop Hoban dominates from the start in 37-9 romp past No. 15 St. Vincent-St. Mary," 25 Sep. 2020 In the secondary, both Troy Warner and Zayne Anderson are coming off injuries, but are healthy now and ready to close out their collegiate careers with big performances. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, "BYU was looking at an uphill climb in 2020, then the pandemic hit. The Cougars now appear poised for a big season.," 5 Sep. 2020 Pareja has also embraced a new tactical approach, shifting into a more defensive lineup to close out matches with a lead. Julia Poe,, "3 things we learned from Orlando City’s draw with Nashville," 2 Sep. 2020 Only July 26, the television station helps close out Pride weekend with a half-hour special. Dallas News, "The CW33 wraps up Dallas Pride 2020 with a television special," 23 July 2020

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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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17 Oct 2020

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“Closeout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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