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Meaning of FORECLOSE

Pronunciation:  fowr'klowz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  subject to foreclosing procedures; take away the right of mortgagors to redeem their mortgage
  2. [v]  keep from happening or arising; have the effect of preventing; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"

FORECLOSE is a 9 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: forbid, forestall, preclude, prevent
 See Also: avert, avoid, baffle, bilk, block, blockade, cross, debar, deflect, embarrass, fend off, foil, frustrate, halt, head off, hinder, kibosh, make unnecessary, obstruct, obviate, queer, reclaim, repossess, save, scotch, spoil, stave off, stop, stymie, stymy, thwart, ward off



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Fore*close"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Foreclosed}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Foreclosing}.] [F. forclos, p. p. of forclore
to exclude; OF. fors, F. hors, except, outside (fr. L. foris
outside) + F. clore to close. See {Foreign}, and {Close}, v.
To shut up or out; to preclude; to stop; to prevent; to bar;
to exclude.

      The embargo with Spain foreclosed this trade. --Carew.

{To foreclose a mortgager} (Law), to cut him off by a
   judgment of court from the power of redeeming the
   mortgaged premises, termed his equity of redemption.

{To foreclose a mortgage}, (not technically correct, but
   often used to signify) the obtaining a judgment for the
   payment of an overdue mortgage, and the exposure of the
   mortgaged property to sale to meet the mortgage debt.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: anticipate, avert, bar, cut off, debar, deflect, deter, discourage, disendow, dishearten, disherison, disinherit, disown, dispossess, disseise, estop, evict, exclude, expropriate, fend, fend off, forbid, forestall, help, keep from, keep off, obviate, preclude, prevent, prohibit, repel, rule out, save, stave off, turn aside, ward off