close·​out | \ ˈklōz-ˌau̇t How to pronounce closeout (audio) \

Definition of closeout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a clearing out by a sale usually at reduced prices of the whole remaining stock (as of a business)
2 : an article offered or bought at a closeout

close out

\ ˈklōz- How to pronounce close out (audio) \
closed out; closing out; closes out

Definition of close out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : exclude
b : preclude close out his chances
2a : to dispose of a whole stock of by sale
b : to dispose of (a business)
c : sell closed out his share of the business
d : to put (an account) in order for disposal or transfer
3a : to bring to an often rapid or abrupt conclusion close out a career
b : to discontinue operation of

intransitive verb

1 : to sell out a business
2 : to buy or sell securities or commodities in order to terminate an account

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Synonyms & Antonyms for closeout

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of closeout in a Sentence

Noun a store that sells closeouts Verb the team closed out the season with major losses don't assume an attitude that closes out any possibility of a compromise
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From December 4th through the 7th, shop cyber week closeout deals with up to 80 percent off. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Best Black Friday Home Deals to Shop This Year, at All Your Favorite Brands," 23 Nov. 2019 Some clips displayed slow closeouts on Miami’s shooters, including Duncan Robinson who set a Heat record for 3-pointers in a half with eight. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ off day film session focused on accountability, effort and challenging one another," 22 Nov. 2019 Their closeouts were tighter and their interior defense, led by Plumlee and Millsap, was far stouter. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Second-half rally saves Nuggets in comeback win over Nets," 14 Nov. 2019 Thomas continued to play through treatment, carrying the Celtics to the playoffs and through the first two rounds, including a 53-point performance in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Wizards, and then 29 in the closeout game., "Isaiah Thomas trying to make the most of what may be his final chance - The Boston Globe," 14 Nov. 2019 Nuggets perimeter defenders were more disciplined with closeouts, gave more multiple efforts on second-chance opportunities and took pride in what had been a major weakness. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "The Nuggets have designs on a championship run. Here are the 5 keys that can get them there.," 22 Oct. 2019 When Westbrook and Harden share the court together, Harden can be lethal off-ball threat as a shooter, or Westbrook can terrorize teams attacking closeouts as a secondary scorer. Andrew Sharp,, "Russell Westbrook on the Rockets Is the NBA Offseason's Strangest Move," 12 July 2019 The suspect went to the closeout section and removed Marc’s shopping bags from her purse., "Victim loses $1,750 in gift card scam: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 26 July 2019 Poole can be a dynamic secondary scorer, capable of sniping off the catch and attacking closeouts off the bounce. Jake Fischer,, "Zion Williamson's Debut and the Top NBA Summer League Storylines to Watch," 4 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the House and Senate were unable to come to an agreement on a budget to close out the fiscal year that ended in June, an extremely unusual impasse., "State lawmakers on Thursday passed the nation’s toughest restrictions on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol — a forceful response to an epidemic in which one out of every five Massachusetts high-schoolers use e-cigarettes.," 21 Nov. 2019 Cook was at his best in the pivotal third quarter, as the Vikings built on the momentum of a field goal to close out the first half. Art Garcia, Twin Cities, "Vikings’ Dalvin Cook outperforms respected Dallas counterpart Ezekiel Elliott," 11 Nov. 2019 After 48 days and five games away from Oakland - three against playoff teams from a year ago - the Raiders returned to the Coliseum on Sunday with a somewhat improbable chance to close out the first half of their season with an even record. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders hold on to beat Lions, 31-24," 3 Nov. 2019 The team’s ability to close out games goes back to the summer. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Another close win shows Louisville's growth and ability to overcome late-game adversity," 27 Oct. 2019 Some of the usual demons did the Bulls in on defense, such as their inability to close out on 3-point shooters. Phil Thompson,, "Bulls can’t get it going in their home opener, a 108-84 loss to the Raptors," 26 Oct. 2019 Stay tuned: The decision could be announced as soon as Tuesday, according to multiple reports, closing out the latest chapter in the startup's gripping fall from grace. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Investors really want to be cheery. Here's what's holding them back," 22 Oct. 2019 But the genesis of Roberts’ debatable bullpen handling could be traced to Monday’s Game 4 — the Dodgers’ first chance to close out the Nationals and advance to their fourth consecutive National League Championship Series. Los Angeles Times, "Dave Roberts’ baffling NLDS Game 5 bullpen decisions raise questions," 10 Oct. 2019 With the Sun up three with just under seven minutes to play, Emma Meesseman baited the Connecticut defense at the low block before hitting Cloud for a three with Shekinna Stricklen closing out on her. Alexa Philippou,, "Connecticut Sun can’t hold on, lose championship to Mystics 89-78 in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of closeout


1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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1 Dec 2019

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“Closeout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of closeout

: a sale in which a store tries to sell all of its products because the store is going out of business
: a sale to sell all of the old models of a product so that a store can sell the new models
: a product that is being sold at a closeout

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