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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With the Vindicator’s closing, Youngstown will become an unfortunate first: a good-size city with no daily newspaper of its own. Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post, "‘Democracy . . . is about to die in Youngstown’ with closing of the local newspaper," 7 July 2019 Infantino said Friday to kick off his closing news conference of the tournament. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "FIFA proposes Women’s World Cup expansion to 32 teams, increased investment," 6 July 2019 Before air conditioning was widely introduced, the downtown department stores observed early closings on Saturdays before Labor Day. Jacques Kelly,, "Jacques Kelly: Baltimore summers before the advent of air conditioning were just 'Too Darn Hot'," 6 July 2019 The moves instantly vault the Clippers into the top tier of 2020 title contenders, giving coach Doc Rivers the chance to roll out a fantastic closing lineup of Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, George, Leonard and Montrezl Harrell. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "Winners and losers from the Kawhi Leonard-Paul George bombshell," 6 July 2019 The Mercury had a rough start to the season and could really use Diana Taurasi, who is set to return any game now—no doubt Taurasi would have relished taking a shot in the closing moments Friday, many of which found front rim. Kellen Becoats,, "The Liberty Will Go as Far as Kia Nurse, Tina Charles Can Take Them," 6 July 2019 Sitar reopened at 1801 Fourth Avenue South after closing for several months to relocate, and Taj India is finalizing plans before it will be forced out by a reconstruction project at Highland Plaza, Taj’s home since 1986. Birmingham Magazine,, "Food News: kitchen garden service, new wine shop, and more," 5 July 2019 The United States’ semifinal victory over England involved a pair of questionable VAR reviews, one disallowing an England goal for a razor-thin offsides infraction, another granting an iffy England penalty in the closing minutes. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "The World Cup’s Instant-Replay Problem," 5 July 2019 New beginning Roberts also expressed optimism that the void created by Frisch’s closing will be quickly filled. Sheila Vilvens,, "Community shocked when its Frisch's Big Boy closes," 3 July 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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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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