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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These kind of closing are viewed as a one-off exception to the rule of prosperity. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "When towns lose a factory, what comes next?," 29 Nov. 2018 The title company then sends a report to FinCEN within 30 days of the home sale closing, noting the buyer’s identity and the home’s purchase price. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "King County’s secret all-cash homebuyers must reveal true identity to law enforcement," 20 Nov. 2018 Instead of closing, some funds have lowered their fees. Rachael Levy, WSJ, "Hedge Funds Retreat as Markets Advance," 10 Oct. 2018 News of the brand's closing was curiously posted around the same time as Joshua Kushner's engagement to model Karlie Kloss went public. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Ivanka Trump's Clothing and Accessories Brand Is Shutting Down," 24 July 2018 An Arizona Republic analysis of state audits found that dozens of charter schools are at risk of closing within a year because of poor finances. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "Arizona superintendent candidates: Charters need more financial oversight," 12 July 2018 In theory, this process of closing, rebidding and reconstituting continues until the school and the entire portfolio is high-performing. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "What’s really going on in Indiana’s public schools," 12 July 2018 Countries that share borders with Germany, particularly Austria, might even feel pressured to mimic this sort of border closing. New York Times, "Germany’s Europe-Shaking Political Crisis Over Migrants, Explained," 3 July 2018 Disney must sell the regional sports networks to a buyer acceptable to the U.S. within 90 days of closing on the Fox deal. David Mclaughlin,, "Disney wins US approval for Fox deal in blow to Comcast," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of closing

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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