verb (used with object), fore·closed, fore·clos·ing.
- to deprive (a mortgagor or pledgor) of the right to redeem his or her property, especially on failure to make payment on a mortgage when due, ownership of property then passing to the mortgagee.
- to take away the right to redeem (a mortgage or pledge).
verb (used without object), fore·closed, fore·clos·ing.
Origin of foreclose
Examples from the Web for foreclose
Yet Texas does not foreclose professional opportunities for him.
When the stakes are as high as these, checking privilege can foreclose important advances in human psychology.Our Bad Romance Obsession Is the Ultimate First World Problem|James Poulos|January 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What they have done is foreclose any meaningful response by the AP.Justice Department’s AP Subpoena: Surgical Strike or Dragnet?|David Freedlander|May 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We cannot foreclose the possibility that a strike against Iran might one day be defensible or necessary.The Case for Bombing Iran Shows Hawks Wrong All Over Again|Michael Tomasky|February 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Why rush to foreclose on a homeowner owing $250,000 on a property valued, post-bubble, at $200,000?
They foreclose without mercy, but that does not frighten their old patrons, who have the perennial optimism of the country.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
There were many wise ones who said, "Oh, he will foreclose and have the works back in a few years."Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)|Elbert Hubbard
Squire Blasdell wants the money on that mortgage, and the only way he can get it is to foreclose.The Moving Picture Girls at Oak Farm|Laura Lee Hope
Suppose I should foreclose—you would consider it an unkind thing and a great hardship, wouldn't you?The Young Miner|Horatio Alger, Jr.
I hold a mortgage it is true and by the end of the year I can foreclose; but that, I shall not do if you give up Olivia.The Mandarin's Fan|Fergus Hume
British Dictionary definitions for foreclose
Word Origin for foreclose
Word Origin and History for foreclose
late 13c., from Old French forclos, past participle of forclore "exclude" (12c.), from fors "out" (Modern French hors; from Latin foris "outside;" see foreign) + clore "to shut" (see close (v.)). Senses in English influenced by words in for-. Specific mortgage law sense is first attested 1728. Related: Foreclosed; foreclosing.