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.
Recent Examples on the Web City officials, who described the homeowner as a chronic violator, also sought to foreclose on his house. Kristine Phillips, USA Today, "A Florida woman was fined $100,000 for a dirty pool and overgrown grass. When do fines become excessive?," 19 July 2019 Their very intensity kind of forecloses identification. Jonny Auping, Longreads, "‘Victims Become This Object of Fascination… This Silent Symbol.’," 23 Aug. 2019 However, for the first time, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Wednesday foreclosed the possibility of a 2020 launch date. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA’s large SLS rocket unlikely to fly before at least late 2021," 17 July 2019 More news Portland’s foreclosed homes for sale: Bargains at up to $1,350,000 or money pits not worth the work? oregonlive.com, "Review finds Portland parking enforcement vulnerable to illegal conduct: Morning Briefing," 26 Aug. 2019 But even if the theory has some validity, following its logic forecloses other options. Ramesh Ponnuru, The Denver Post, "Ponnuru: A Democrat’s brave but dumb idea to save Social Security," 29 July 2019 And an auction winner has three years to collect the tax payment, plus interest, from the taxpayer before being allowed to foreclose and take ownership of the home. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "County officials still hammering out details of plan to save veteran's mobile home," 12 July 2019 My mother was a teenager in German-occupied World War II Belgium; rations of butter, flour, and sugar foreclosed on any kitchen education. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: The table as the great altar of life," 28 Aug. 2019 The mailer leaves the clear impression that Pena is a drug addict, a thief who was arrested and someone who has been evicted and foreclosed upon. Dallas News, "Did you hear about the former mayor who mailed a dishonest political hit piece? He’s fined $5,000," 12 July 2019

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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
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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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