foreclose

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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.

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foreclose (third-person singular simple present forecloses, present participle foreclosing, simple past and past participle foreclosed)

  1. (transitive) 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. (transitive) To cut off (a mortgager) by a judgment of court from the power of redeeming the mortgaged premises.
  3. (transitive) To prevent from doing something.
  4. (transitive) To shut up or out; to preclude; to stop; to prevent; to bar; to exclude.
    • Carew
      The embargo with Spain foreclosed this trade.

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