closing

noun
clos·​ing | \ ˈklō-ziŋ How to pronounce closing (audio) \

Definition of closing

1 : a concluding part (as of a speech)
2 : a closable gap (as in an article of clothing)
3 : a meeting of parties to a real-estate deal for formally transferring title

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Examples of closing in a Sentence

the closing of the local school We met with our lawyer before the closing on our new house.

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Prices have fallen for two consecutive sessions, after ending Tuesday at $66.30 a barrel, the highest closing price since Oct. 29. •... Dan Molinski, WSJ, "Oil Falls for Second Day as U.S. Inventories Offset Iran Sanctions," 25 Apr. 2019 On March 25, 1911, at the end of a 6-day, 52-hour workweek, fire broke out on the eighth floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory building near closing time. Marlena Scott, Teen Vogue, "Many Women Who Died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 Were Young Immigrants," 25 Mar. 2019 Unlike typical closings on Christmas Day or Thanksgiving, most of these chains have regular schedules for Easter Sunday, and some even offer special deals or activities in light of the holiday. Taysha Murtaugh And Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "15 Restaurants Open for Easter Brunch Near Me," 11 Feb. 2019 Valentino's Spring 2019 haute couture show just ended with a pleasant surprise: a closing walk by Naomi Campbell. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Naomi Campbell, Living Legend, Closes the Valentino Couture Show," 23 Jan. 2019 The Suns were unable to get a shot off in the closing seconds. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers beat Suns in summer league in first Zhaire Smith-Mikal Bridges matchup," 13 July 2018 This led, among other things, to the closing of hundreds of polls. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 Was each closing of my correspondence depleting the impact of everything that had come before? Chloe Schama, Vogue, "“XOXO”: What Does Your Email Sign-Off Say About You?," 20 Sep. 2018 Beyond saying goodbye to a music festival that showcased acts big and small from the worlds of punk and alternative rock, the closing of Warped Tour also feels like a farewell to a place that embraced fans from different walks of life. Angel E. Fraden, Teen Vogue, "Warped Tour: 9 People of Color Share Their Experiences With the Music Festival," 4 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of closing

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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closing

noun

English Language Learners Definition of closing

: a situation or occurrence in which a business or organization shuts down and stops its operations
: the last part of a letter or speech
: a meeting in which the owners of a house formally give ownership of the house to other people

closing

noun
clos·​ing | \ ˈklō-ziŋ How to pronounce closing (audio) \

Legal Definition of closing

: the fulfillment or performance of a contract especially for the sale of real estate also : a meeting at which the closing of a contract takes place represented us at the closing

Note: At the closing for the completion of the sale of real property, the purchase price is paid and title is transferred to the purchaser or mortgagor.

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