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Definitions for foreclose
fɔrˈkloʊz, foʊr-fore·close

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbidverb

    keep from happening or arising; make impossible

    "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"

  2. forecloseverb

    subject to foreclosing procedures; take away the right of mortgagors to redeem their mortgage


  1. forecloseverb

    to repossess a mortgaged property whose owner has failed to make the necessary payments

    They have to move out of their house because the bank foreclosed on their mortgage.

  2. forecloseverb

    to prevent from doing something

  3. Etymology: From foreclosen, forclosen, from forclos, past participle of forclore, from for + clore. Some senses originated from or were influenced by forclusen, from forclysan, equivalent to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Forecloseverb

    Etymology: fore and close.

    The embargo with Spain foreclosed this trade. Carew.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forecloseverb

    to shut up or out; to preclude; to stop; to prevent; to bar; to exclude

  2. Etymology: [F. forclos, p. p. of forclore to exclude; OF. fors, F. hors, except, outside (fr. L. foris outside) + F. clore to close. See Foreign, and Close, v. t.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Foreclose

    fōr-klōz′, v.t. to preclude: to prevent: to stop.—n. Foreclos′ure, a foreclosing: (law) the process by which a mortgager, failing to repay the money lent on the security of an estate, is compelled to forfeit his right to redeem the estate. [O. Fr. forclos, pa.p. of forclore, to exclude—L. foris, outside, and claudĕre, clausum, to shut.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of foreclose in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of foreclose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of foreclose in a Sentence

  1. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff:

    While we will continue with our investigative work and do not foreclose the possibility of further depositions or hearings, we will not allow the President or others to drag this out for months on end in the courts.

  2. Greg Brown:

    We have members who are several hundred thousand dollars in the hole, there is nothing left. They are telling me they need to get paid in 90 days or they are going to have to sell their property or foreclose. There are many owners for whom the rental assistance will save the day.

  3. Antony Blinken:

    Collectively they hold more than $ 80 billion in assets, these measures freeze their assets in the United States, prohibit American individuals or businesses from doing any transactions with them, shut them out of the global financial system and foreclose access to the U.S. dollar.

  4. Adam Schiff:

    We don't foreclose the possibility of more depositions, more hearings. We are in the process of getting more documents all the time. So that investigative work is being done.

  5. Chris Murphy:

    I've read carefully everything that Senator McConnell has said in the past 48 hours, and so far, I don't read anything Chris Murphy said to foreclose the deal that is very focused on keeping weapons out of the hands of potentially dangerous people.

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