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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The toymaker will pay 5.60 pounds per share in cash, 26% more than Thursday’s closing price. Matt Townsend, Fortune, "Hasbro to Buy Peppa Pig Studio for $4 Billion," 23 Aug. 2019 Investors seemed pleased with the news, with Apple’s stock price up about 4% on its closing price to $217.60 in after-hours trading. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Apple is starting to thrive again, even as the iPhone stalls," 30 July 2019 At its closing price of $222.13 Monday, Beyond Meat was worth $13.3 billion, or more than Campbell’s Soup. Washington Post, "Beyond Meat raises 2019 outlook but shares slump on offering," 29 July 2019 Although Borchetta was reported to seek as much as $500 million, the final closing price was still 50% higher than five years earlier. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, "Did Scooter Braun Overpay for Big Machine Label Group? Not at All," 29 July 2019 Since the first crash in late October, Boeing shares had gained 4% through Tuesday’s closing price, compared with a 13% rise in the S&P 500 index., "Boeing, grappling with 737 Max crisis, lost nearly $3 billion last quarter," 24 July 2019 Vail, which runs 17 mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, will acquire all outstanding shares of Peak’s common stock for $11 each in cash, a 116% premium to Peak’s closing price on Friday. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Vail Resorts will acquire owner of 17 ski resorts, including three closest to Baltimore, for $264 million," 22 July 2019 Reaction to the first two episodes was overwhelmingly positive among attendees, who offered loud applause during the closing credits. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Amazon’s new series ‘Undone’ looks at elastic nature of reality," 19 July 2019 The transaction is valued at $14.74 for each United Financial Bancorp share, based on the closing price of People’s United common stock on July 12. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "People’s United Bank to acquire Hartford-based United Bank in $759 million deal; fate of downtown Hartford jobs uncertain," 15 July 2019

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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 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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