[fawr-kloh-zher, fohr-]

noun Law.

the act of foreclosing a mortgage or pledge.

Origin of foreclosure

First recorded in 1720–30; foreclose + -ure
Related formsan·ti·fore·clo·sure, noun, adjectivenon·fore·clo·sure, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for foreclosure

Contemporary Examples of foreclosure

Historical Examples of foreclosure

  • First suffering, then mortgage, then foreclosure and eviction, he prophesied.

    The New Nation

    Frederic L. Paxson

  • All the surer, from a condition in that particular deed: Foreclosure, without time.

    The Death Shot

    Mayne Reid

  • I took over Abdullahs factory on foreclosure and added it to my own.

    The Mercy of Allah

    Hilaire Belloc

  • He said something about a foreclosure, too, and he said that meant I was to lose my place.

    Captain Pott's Minister

    Francis L. Cooper

  • Ultimately this deposit passed to the trust by foreclosure of the $10,000 mortgage.

    Behind the Mirrors

    Clinton W. Gilbert

Word Origin and History for foreclosure

1728, from foreclose + -ure.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

foreclosure in Culture


A proceeding in which the financer of a mortgage seeks to regain property because the borrower has defaulted on payments.

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