foreclose

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verb fore·close \(ˌ)fȯr-ˈklōz\

Definition of foreclose

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to shut out :  preclude

  3. 2 :  to hold exclusively

  4. 3 :  to deal with or close in advance

  5. 4 :  to subject to foreclosure proceedings

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to foreclose a mortgage

Examples of foreclose in a Sentence

  1. They've been unable to make their mortgage payments, and the bank has threatened to foreclose.

  2. The bank has threatened to foreclose their mortgage.

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Origin and Etymology of foreclose

Middle English, from Anglo-French forclos, past participle of forclore, forsclore, from fors outside (from Latin foris) + clore to close — more at forum


FORECLOSE Defined for English Language Learners

foreclose

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Definition of foreclose for English Language Learners

  • : to take back property because the money owed for the property has not been paid


Law Dictionary

foreclose

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verb fore·close \fōr-ˈklōz\

Legal Definition of foreclose

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to subject to foreclosure proceedings
  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to foreclose a mortgage or other security interest — compare repossess, seize 2

Origin and Etymology of foreclose

Anglo-French forclos, past participle of foreclore to preclude, prevent, from fors outside + clore to close



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