Foreclose Definition

fôr-klōz
foreclosed, forecloses, foreclosing
verb
foreclosed, forecloses, foreclosing
To enforce (a lien, deed of trust, or mortgage) in whatever manner is provided for by law.
American Heritage
To foreclose a mortgage.
Webster's New World
To shut out; exclude; bar.
Webster's New World
To extinguish the right to redeem (a mortgage) by foreclosure.
Webster's New World
To bring a suit to prevent a mortgagor from redeeming (a property) by paying any outstanding debt.
American Heritage
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Origin of Foreclose

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English forclosen to exclude from an inheritance from Old French forclos shut out past participle of forclore to exclude fors- outside (from Latin forīs dhwer- in Indo-European roots) clore to close (from Latin claudere)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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