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.
Recent Examples on the Web After hearing closing arguments Monday morning, the jury deliberated less than two hours before convicting Mario Giannini, 60, on 14 counts of wire fraud at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse. Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, 13 June 2022 Thursday’s opening statements by Chairman Bennie Johnson and Republican Rep. Liz Cheney were more like prosecutors’ closing arguments than introductions to a fact-finding inquiry. Ted Van Dyk, WSJ, 12 June 2022 The jury deliberated for three hours after four full days of testimony and a day of closing arguments and instructions. Dale Ellis, Arkansas Online, 10 June 2022 Additionally, Bredehoft mentioned in her closing arguments last week that Heard, 36, had so far paid more than $6 million in legal costs for the trial. Eric Andersson And Benjamin Vanhoose,, 2 June 2022 Check out the live stream: The seven-person civil jury heard closing arguments Friday and deliberated for about two hours before leaving for the long Memorial Day weekend. Mark Heim |, al, 1 June 2022 In 2021, Heard countersued her ex-husband for $100 million, an amount that Heard’s closing arguments revealed to be about sending a message. Christie D’zurilla, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2022 Read the closing arguments:Johnny Depp, Amber Heard's libel case is in jurors' hands. Denise Lavoie, USA TODAY, 31 May 2022 With closing arguments set to begin on Thursday, the San Diego federal jury will likely begin deliberations early next week. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2022 See More

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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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“Closing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 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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