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[fawr-klohz, fohr-] /fɔrˈkloʊz, foʊr-/

verb (used with object), foreclosed, foreclosing.

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), foreclosed, foreclosing.
to foreclose a mortgage or pledge.
(law) to deprive (a mortgagor, etc) of the right to redeem (a mortgage or pledge)
(transitive) to shut out; bar
(transitive) to prevent or hinder
(transitive) to answer or settle (an obligation, promise, etc) in advance
(transitive) to make an exclusive claim to

late 13c., from Old French forclos, past participle of forclore “exclude” (12c.), from fors “out” (Modern French hors; from Latin foris “outside;” see foreign) + clore “to shut” (see close (v.)). Senses in English influenced by words in for-. Specific mortgage law sense is first attested 1728. Related: Foreclosed; foreclosing.


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