- to shut out; exclude; bar
- to extinguish the right to redeem (a mortgage) by foreclosure
- to deprive (a mortgagor) of this right by foreclosure
- to hinder or prevent
- to claim exclusively
Origin of forecloseMiddle English forclosen ; from Old French forclos, past participle of forclore, to exclude ; from fors (; from Classical Latin foris: see door), outside + clore (; from Classical Latin claudere), close
verbfore·closed, fore·clos·ing, fore·clos·es
- a. To enforce (a lien, deed of trust, or mortgage) in whatever manner is provided for by law.b. To bring a suit to prevent a mortgagor from redeeming (a property) by paying any outstanding debt.
- To exclude or rule out; bar.
- To settle or resolve beforehand.
Origin of forecloseMiddle English forclosen, to exclude from an inheritance, from Old French forclos, shut out, past participle of forclore, to exclude : fors-, outside (from Latin for&imacron;s; see dhwer- in Indo-European roots) + clore, to close (from Latin claudere).
(third-person singular simple present forecloses, present participle foreclosing, simple past and past participle foreclosed)
From Middle English foreclosen, forclosen, from Old French forclos, past participle of forclore (“to exclude”), from for + clore (“to shut”). Some senses originated from or were influenced by Middle English forclusen (“to close up”), from Old English forclȳsan (“to close up”), equivalent to for- + close.