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 When Westbrook and Harden share the court together, Harden can be lethal off-ball threat as a shooter, or Westbrook can terrorize teams attacking closeouts as a secondary scorer. Andrew Sharp,, "Russell Westbrook on the Rockets Is the NBA Offseason's Strangest Move," 12 July 2019 The suspect went to the closeout section and removed Marc’s shopping bags from her purse., "Victim loses $1,750 in gift card scam: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 26 July 2019 Poole can be a dynamic secondary scorer, capable of sniping off the catch and attacking closeouts off the bounce. Jake Fischer,, "Zion Williamson's Debut and the Top NBA Summer League Storylines to Watch," 4 July 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With 18 minutes left, Atholton forward Ava Swartz drew a foul in the box, and Ally Clearfield closed out the scoring with the subsequent penalty kick. Brent Kennedy,, "Howard varsity roundup (Sept. 12): Howard, Marriotts Ridge girls soccer teams score county victories," 13 Sep. 2019 But these were good players, All-Star level players, certainly good enough to hold a seven-point second-half lead against the French and close out a Serbian team that came into its matchup with the U.S. playing below expectations. Chris Mannix,, "What's Next for USA Basketball After FIBA Embarrassment?," 13 Sep. 2019 Afterwards, the duo will hit arenas around the country starting with Pepsi Center in Denver on Sept. 23 and closing out in Vancouver at Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena on Nov. 24. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Black Keys Announce Intimate LA Show to Kick Off Let's Rock Tour," 9 Sep. 2019 The leaves will be falling soon and Angel Has Fallen is evocatively closing out the summer box office. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "'Angel Has Fallen' wins second weekend running at box office to close out sluggish summer," 1 Sep. 2019 The Raptors used all of that — as well as their far superior health — to close down Oracle Arena and close out the N.B.A.’s two-time reigning champions Thursday night with a 114-110 Game 6 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Marc Stein, New York Times, "How the Raptors Won Their First N.B.A. Championship," 13 June 2019 Pasadena Pops closes out its summer season, while Pittance Chamber Orchestra is just getting started. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "7 things to do in L.A. and the O.C., including an Alan Turing dance and Tarfest," 12 Sep. 2019 On Saturday, the Honor Bowl, which promotes education about the needs of military veterans, closes out a 10th year of top teams in the state and beyond. Mitch Stephens,, "High school players get chance to play at Levi’s Stadium," 5 Sep. 2019 Columnist Leila Atassi closes out the podcast with a discussion about the rise in the number of homeless families in Northeast Ohio, the result of a national homeless policy that focuses on people who do not have children., "Scandals at Mayor Frank Jackson’s house, jail escape secrecy and, suddenly, First Energy Solutions calls its nuclear bailout a tax? This Week in the CLE," 5 Sep. 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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20 Oct 2019

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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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