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.
Recent Examples on the Web The company did not immediately say how many jobs would be cut as a result of the closings. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "January 7, 2020," 7 Jan. 2020 On Monday, Grant Crapp, 24-year-old winner of the Australian edition of Love Island, posted a terrifying video of smoke closing in on his property. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Father and Son Found Dead as Brush Fires Spread in Australia: It's 'Very Tragic'," 1 Jan. 2020 To better isolate the effects of car plant closings, the researchers limited their analysis to the one-fifth of American counties where manufacturing accounted for the largest share of local employment. Niraj Chokshi, New York Times, "Opioid Deaths Rise When Auto Plants Close, Study Shows," 30 Dec. 2019 Rumors have started of the possibility of its closing within the next three years. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: The snow was falling, soft and gentle, on that good night, as tears were falling from every eye . . .," 22 Dec. 2019 Total cost of the improvements, Brisbois says, was $5,000, paid out of the closing. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, "Picture perfect: Agents at Steller’s Senior Solutions find that some seniors move because they want the perfect house," 20 Dec. 2019 The number of farm closings in Wisconsin continues at more than two a day — a rate higher than any time since the Great Depression. George Stanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stanley: Journal Sentinel subscribers support deep reporting that Wisconsin deserves," 20 Dec. 2019 The next year, the number of closings fell, even if more stores were still shuttering than opening. Marc Bain, Quartz, "2019 saw a dramatic spike in US retailers closing stores," 19 Dec. 2019 Restaurant patrons were dismayed to hear of the restaurant's possible closing. Erin Glynn,, "Sky Galley restaurant at Cincinnati's Lunken Airport may stay open after all," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of closing

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of closing was in 1596

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23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Closing.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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


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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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