clos·ing | \ˈklō-ziŋ \

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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But Puerto Rico, a thousand miles from the mainland and further isolated by the closing of ports and airports, received a relative trickle of emergency responders at first. Arelis R. Hernandez And Joel Achenbach,, "Failure of imagination hindered federal response to hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico," 14 July 2018 The closings come after a number of other Blockbuster stores have shuttered in recent months. Abigail Abrams, Time, "There Will Only Be 1 Blockbuster in America Soon," 12 July 2018 In May, county officials went to court for a temporary restraining order to force the closing of The Barn at Cottonwood on Weber Road in unincorporated Lockport Township. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Will County addresses growing demand for barn weddings, beekeeping and tasting rooms," 11 July 2018 So many of our stories are laments: the last maître d’, the closing of iconic restaurant after iconic restaurant. Devra First,, "What’s on the menu at Falmouth’s Buffalo Jump? ‘Weird food that only weirdos like’," 11 July 2018 The closing was completed by Stewart’s Katy Office in Katy. Houston Chronicle, "Stewart completes its first fully digital online closing in Texas," 8 July 2018 Over 175,000 employees participated in the training, and the closing reportedly cost up to $12 million in revenue. Stephanie Petit,, "Starbucks Under Fire Again After a Barista Reportedly Mocked a Man's Stutter," 5 July 2018 Two seafood concepts, one from Sam Fox and one from Darden Restaurants, are among the 10 most notable closings of 2018 — so far — around Phoenix. 1. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Most shocking restaurant closings of the year in Phoenix ... so far," 5 July 2018 All is not perfect at Gurnee Mills, however, as the mall lost its Toys R Us store last week as part of a nationwide chain closure and awaits the closing of its 225,000-square-foot Sears store, which has already started a going out of business sale. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Gurnee Mills outlot in 'highly important' location springs back to life," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of closing

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Oct 2018

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The first known use of closing was in 1596

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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 \

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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a state of commotion or excitement

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