escrow

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noun

1
: a deed, a bond, money, or a piece of property held in trust by a third party to be turned over to the grantee only upon fulfillment of a condition
2
: a fund or deposit designed to serve as an escrow

escrow

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verb

escrowed; escrowing; escrows

transitive verb

: to place in escrow
Phrases
in escrow
: in trust as an escrow
had $1000 in escrow to pay taxes

Examples of escrow in a Sentence

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Noun
Look at the budget and cash reserves ahead of going into escrow (if possible). Jeff Lazerson, Orange County Register, 6 June 2024 Two weeks later, with the home sale in escrow and on the same day of a home inspection, Dr. Baxter and Dr. Gamble made the three-hour drive to Virginia Beach to see the house in person for the first time. Debra Kamin, New York Times, 31 May 2024
Verb
His business also offers up to a $3,000 rebate home buyers for anything from closing costs to escrow. Nick Rosenberger, Idaho Statesman, 15 Apr. 2024 Even with the approval, the Tailgate Park transaction must close escrow before the end of the year to remain shielded from the state’s stricter disposition laws for surplus land. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Apr. 2022 See all Example Sentences for escrow 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Anglo-French escroue scroll — more at scroll

First Known Use

Noun

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of escrow was in 1594

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Cite this Entry

“Escrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/escrow. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

escrow

noun
es·​crow
e-ˈskrō
: something (as a deed or a sum of money) delivered by one person to another to be delivered by the second to a third party only upon the fulfillment of a condition
escrow verb

Legal Definition

escrow

1 of 2 noun
es·​crow ˈes-ˌkrō How to pronounce escrow (audio)
1
: an instrument and especially a deed or money or property held by a third party to be turned over to the grantee and become effective only upon the fulfillment of some condition
2
: a fund or deposit designed to serve as an escrow

escrow

2 of 2 transitive verb
: to cause to be held as an escrow : place in escrow
Etymology

Noun

Anglo-French escroue deed delivered on condition, literally, scroll, strip of parchment, from Old French escroe

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