[ kloh-zing ]
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  1. the end or conclusion, as of a speech.

  2. something that closes; a fastening, as of a purse.

  1. the final phase of a transaction, especially the meeting at which procedures are carried out in the execution of a contract for the sale of real estate.

  2. an act or instance of failing or going bankrupt: an increase in bank closings.

  1. concluding; ending; final.

Origin of closing

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at close, -ing1

Other words from closing

  • half-closing, adjective
  • self-closing, adjective

Words Nearby closing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use closing in a sentence

Cultural definitions for closing


Usually applied to real estate transactions, it refers to delivery of the deed of ownership from the owner to the buyer in return for full payment.

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