closing

[ kloh-zing ]
/ ˈkloʊ zɪŋ /

noun

the end or conclusion, as of a speech.
something that closes; a fastening, as of a purse.
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.
an act or instance of failing or going bankrupt: an increase in bank closings.

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Origin of closing

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

OTHER WORDS FROM closing

half-clos·ing, adjectiveself-clos·ing, adjective

Definition for closing (2 of 2)

Origin of close

before 1050; (noun, adj.) Middle English clos < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin clausus, past participle of claudere to close (cf. clause); (v.) Middle English closen, verbal derivative of the adj. (compare Old English clȳsan, beclȳsan to shut in, enclose, verbal derivative of clūse bar, enclosure < Medieval Latin clūsa, for Latin clausa, feminine of clausus); noun and adj. senses with voiced pronunciation of s are presumably modern deverbal derivatives

synonym study for close

2. Close, shut mean to cause something not to be open. Close suggests blocking an opening or vacant place: to close a breach in a wall. The word shut refers especially to blocking or barring openings intended for entering and leaving: to shut a door, gate, etc., and close can be used in this sense, too: to close a door, gate, etc. 48. See stingy1. 59. See end1.

OTHER WORDS FROM close

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH close

close clothes cloze
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British Dictionary definitions for closing (1 of 2)

close1
/ (kləʊs) /

adjective

adverb

Derived forms of close

closely, adverbcloseness, noun

Word Origin for close

C13: from Old French clos close, enclosed, from Latin clausus shut up, from claudere to close

British Dictionary definitions for closing (2 of 2)

close2
/ (kləʊz) /

verb

noun

Derived forms of close

closer, noun
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Cultural definitions for closing

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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Idioms and Phrases with closing

close

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