- 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).
- to shut out; exclude; bar.
- to hinder or prevent, as from doing something.
- to establish an exclusive claim to.
- to close, settle, or answer beforehand.
- to foreclose a mortgage or pledge.
Origin of foreclose
Examples from the Web for foreclose
Yet Texas does not foreclose professional opportunities for him.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
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
January 2, 2014
What they have done is foreclose any meaningful response by the AP.Justice Department’s AP Subpoena: Surgical Strike or Dragnet?
May 15, 2013
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
February 8, 2012
Why rush to foreclose on a homeowner owing $250,000 on a property valued, post-bubble, at $200,000?Crashing the Bank Busters' Party
October 5, 2011
Hand'll foreclose now, for sure; and I can't say I'll blame him.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
Might be a good idea for me to foreclose that mortgage and sell the place to him at my own price.
Yes, sir, I was cal'latin' to foreclose on you and sell this place to Kendrick.
Did Covington tell you he was going to foreclose after I—that is, right away?Blue-grass and Broadway
Maria Thompson Daviess
Very right, sir, Hickman might foreclose on the 24th of this month.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
- law to deprive (a mortgagor, etc) of the right to redeem (a mortgage or pledge)
- (tr) to shut out; bar
- (tr) to prevent or hinder
- (tr) to answer or settle (an obligation, promise, etc) in advance
- (tr) to make an exclusive claim to
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.