[ fawr-kloh-zher, fohr- ]
/ fɔrˈkloʊ ʒər, foʊr- /

noun Law.

the act of foreclosing a mortgage or pledge.

Nearby words

  1. forecastle deck,
  2. forecastle head,
  3. forechoir,
  4. forecited,
  5. foreclose,
  6. foreconscious,
  7. forecourse,
  8. forecourt,
  9. foredate,
  10. foredeck

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

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Word Origin and History for foreclosure



1728, from foreclose + -ure.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture 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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