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v. fore·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.
2. To exclude or rule out; bar.
3. To settle or resolve beforehand.
To enforce a lien, deed of trust, or mortgage as permitted by law: The bank foreclosed on the property.
[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; see dhwer- in Indo-European roots) + clore, to close (from Latin claudere).]
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1. (Law) law to deprive (a mortgagor, etc) of the right to redeem (a mortgage or pledge)
2. (tr) to shut out; bar
3. (tr) to prevent or hinder
4. (tr) to answer or settle (an obligation, promise, etc) in advance
5. (tr) to make an exclusive claim to
[C15: from Old French forclore, from for- out + clore to close, from Latin claudere]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
v. -closed, -clos•ing. v.t.
a. to deprive (a mortgagor) of the right to redeem a property, esp. after defaulting on mortgage payments.
b. to subject (a property) to foreclosure.
c. to take away the right to redeem (a mortgage).
2. to shut out; exclude.
3. to hinder or prevent; preclude; forbid.
4. to establish an exclusive claim to.
5. to close, settle, or answer beforehand.v.i.
6. to foreclose a mortgage.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French forclore to exclude =for- out + clore to shut (Latin claudere)]
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Past participle: foreclosed
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|Verb||1.||foreclose - keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"|
make unnecessary, save - make unnecessary an expenditure or effort; "This will save money"; "I'll save you the trouble"; "This will save you a lot of time"
deflect, fend off, forefend, forfend, head off, avert, stave off, ward off, avoid, debar, obviate - prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
blockade, obstruct, stymie, stymy, embarrass, hinder, block - hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn"
frustrate, scotch, thwart, foil, baffle, bilk, cross, spoil - hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
|2.||foreclose - subject to foreclosing procedures; take away the right of mortgagors to redeem their mortgage|
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
to foreclose on → saisir
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
vt loan, mortgage → kündigen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
foreclose[fɔːˈkləʊz] vt (Law) (also foreclose on) → pignorare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995