[ fawr-kloh-zher, fohr- ]

  1. the act of foreclosing a mortgage or pledge.

Origin of foreclosure

First recorded in 1720–30; foreclose + -ure

Other words from foreclosure

  • an·ti·fore·clo·sure, noun, adjective
  • non·fore·clo·sure, noun

Words Nearby foreclosure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use foreclosure in a sentence

Cultural definitions for foreclosure


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

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