Foreclose meaning

fôr-klōz
To exclude or rule out; bar.
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To settle or resolve beforehand.
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To enforce a lien, deed of trust, or mortgage as permitted by law.

The bank foreclosed on the property.

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To shut out; exclude; bar.
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To extinguish the right to redeem (a mortgage) by foreclosure.
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To deprive (a mortgagor) of this right by foreclosure.
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To hinder or prevent.
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To claim exclusively.
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To foreclose a mortgage.
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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.

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To prevent from doing something.
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Origin of foreclose

  • 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

  • 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