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foreclose

[ fawr-klohz, fohr- ]
/ f蓴r藞klo蕣z, fo蕣r- /
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verb (used with object), fore路closed, fore路clos路ing.
Law.
  1. to deprive (a mortgagor or pledgor) of the right to redeem their property, especially on failure to make payment on a mortgage when due, ownership of property then passing to the mortgagee.
  2. 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.
verb (used without object), fore路closed, fore路clos路ing.
to take away the right to redeem a mortgage or pledge.
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Origin of foreclose

First recorded 1250鈥1300; Middle English foreclosen from Old French forclos, past participle of forclore 鈥渢o exclude,鈥 equivalent to for- 鈥渙ut鈥 + clore 鈥渢o shut鈥 (from Latin claudere )

OTHER WORDS FROM foreclose

fore路clos路a路ble, adjectivenon路fore路clos路ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for foreclose

foreclose
/ (f蓴藧藞kl蓹蕣z) /

verb
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

Derived forms of foreclose

foreclosable, adjectiveforeclosure (f蓴藧藞kl蓹蕣蕭蓹), noun

Word Origin for foreclose

C15: from Old French forclore, from for- out + clore to close, from Latin claudere
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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