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

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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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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25 May 2022

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“Closing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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