foreclose

verb
fore·​close | \ (ˌ)fȯr-ˈklōz How to pronounce foreclose (audio) \
foreclosed; foreclosing; forecloses

Definition of foreclose

transitive verb

1 : to shut out : preclude
2 : to hold exclusively
3 : to deal with or close in advance
4 : to subject to foreclosure proceedings

intransitive verb

: to foreclose a mortgage

Examples of foreclose in a Sentence

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

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Giuliani’s comments don’t foreclose that possibility. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Trump’s lawyer isn’t exactly denying that Trump had foreknowledge of WikiLeaks dumps," 17 Dec. 2018 Genesis moved to foreclose on the Brooklyn house in September 2016 after both sets of loans went into default. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "‘He is so in debt’: Paul Manafort fights use of financial records at trial," 29 June 2018 Nevertheless, in February 2014 Oakland County foreclosed on the property to collect the tiny debt, along with $277 in penalties, additional interest and fees. Christina Martin, WSJ, "For $8.41 in Unpaid Taxes, the Government Took Uri Rafaeli’s House," 7 Dec. 2018 The third, Montego Bay Properties LLC, foreclosed on the home in February 2013, according to court records. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 2018 According to resident Bill Wetterau, the site sat idle and overgrown for five years after the project foreclosed. Henry Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new 700,000-square-foot Briggs & Stratton facility could be open by April 2019 in Germantown," 20 June 2018 In one town outside Phoenix, a polling place was foreclosed on the night before Election Day, with ballots and voting equipment locked inside. Anna North, Vox, "Why long lines at polling places are a voting rights issue," 6 Nov. 2018 Sears would later even sell mortgages, until the Great Depression forced the retailer to foreclose on millions of dollars of customer homes, never a good look for building brand loyalty. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Sears Kit Homes changed housing," 16 Oct. 2018 Besides, Halbrooks said, the financing deals ban Rashaed or his entities from regaining title to the property by foreclosing on the mortgage. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "City objects to notorious landlord Rashaed's bid to sell and finance home sales to tenants," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of foreclose

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for foreclose

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

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foreclose

verb

English Language Learners Definition of foreclose

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

foreclose

verb
fore·​close | \ fōr-ˈklōz How to pronounce foreclose (audio) \

Legal Definition of foreclose

transitive verb

: to subject to foreclosure proceedings

intransitive verb

: to foreclose a mortgage or other security interest — compare repossess, seize sense 2

History and Etymology for foreclose

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

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