• WordNet 3.6
    • v foreclose subject to foreclosing procedures; take away the right of mortgagors to redeem their mortgage
    • v 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Foreclose To shut up or out; to preclude; to stop; to prevent; to bar; to exclude. "The embargo with Spain foreclosed this trade."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • foreclose To shut out; exclude; prevent.
    • foreclose In law: To shut out by a judicial decree from further opportunity to assert a right or claim: said of the process by which all persons previously having right to redeem property from a forfeiture for non-payment of a debt are finally cut off from that right: as, to foreclose a mortgager of his equity of redemption.
    • foreclose Hence— To enforce, as a mortgage, by shutting out in due process of law a mortgager and those claiming under him from the right to redeem the property mortgaged.
    • foreclose To enforce a mortgage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Foreclose fōr-klōz′ to preclude: to prevent: to stop
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  • Minna Antrim
    “Man proposes, woman forecloses.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. forclos, pa.p. of forclore, to exclude—L. foris, outside, and claudĕre, clausum, to shut.


In literature:

I've heard she threatened to foreclose on anyone that voted for Fleckenstein.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
And now Moore is going to foreclose.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Mortgages held by large coffee houses and bankers were being foreclosed.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
The world may owe you a living, but you'll never be able to collect it till you foreclose the mortgage by hard hustling.
"Oklahoma Sunshine" by Freeman E. (Freeman Edwin) Miller
Revere-Chalmers-Sayles held a mortgage on the property of the Baptist Society of Pointview, and asked me to foreclose it.
"'Charge It'" by Irving Bacheller
Had a mortgage on it, an' then foreclosed.
"Rodney, the Ranger" by John V. Lane
By the way, tell Hood to take steps at once to foreclose on the Bradley estate.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Perhaps she does, though, and, if you hadn't foreclosed there, I would be tempted to make a claim myself.
"The Wilderness Fugitives" by Edward S. Ellis
Foreclose the mortgage and realize at once.
"The Galaxy" by Various
The mortgage on the big house is to be foreclosed, also on the mill I believe.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas

In poetry:

He made out costs, distrained for rent,
Foreclosed and sued, with moistened eye -
No bill of costs could represent
The value of such sympathy.
"Baines Carew, Gentleman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
How shall you speak to urge your right,
Choked with that soil for which you lust?
The bit of clay, for whose delight
You grasp, is mortgaged, too; Death might
Foreclose this very day in dust.
"The Landlord" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Lender forecloses on Saratoga Springs parcels eyed for project.
Even before he knew it was a bargain, David Girgen was in love with the foreclosed house on North 15th Street.
Man squats in foreclosed house.
Advocates argue foreclosed properties are a drag on property values and an invitation to vandalism and crime.
The five-times heavyweight champion agreed to auction off 450 items in a bid to overcome financial problems that forced him to vacate his Georgia estate, which was foreclosed in July (12).
The explosion of metal theft from construction sites, public transit tracks, graveyards, foreclosed homes and utilities has become a national problem as the economy tanked and the value of copper and other metals skyrocketed.
Occupy movement protesters at a foreclosed Riverside home after the owner was denied a loan modification .
Occupy movement protesters move furniture into a foreclosed Riverside home in a bid to take back the property after it was foreclosed on after the owner was denied a loan modification .
David Paul Morris/Bloomberg Bank of America won't be allowed to foreclose on a woman who believed she was modifying her mortgage, an appeals court decided.
Natasha Glasgow and her son, Alfredo, in their foreclosed building in Far Rockaway, Queens.
Situation complicated if owner of foreclosed home re-emerges.
Occupy Eugene is leaving a formerly-foreclosed home in the Whiteaker neighborhood and returning control to its owner.
Doug Farmer on Thursday shows public records of the sale of his foreclosed home for $139,900.
US homes lost to foreclosure drops 9 pct in Oct. An auction signs sits in front of a foreclosed home Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010 in Valrico, Fla.
Further, when plaintiff foreclosed on the secured property, the election of remedies doctrine did not prevent plaintiff from enforcing the guaranties.

In science:

At best, these practices foreclose nuanced observation of potentially interesting phenomena; in the worst scenarios, they may lead to faulty inferences.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
However, if we ponder such extra-contextual explanations while maintaining the classical theoretical motivation for the problem, it is important to recognize that potentially important substantive insights inside the context of the problem are foreclosed.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
Last, some of the relevant measures in the Smith et al. study are fashioned so as to foreclose a superposition-like multidimensionality; party identification is but one example.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
Finally – building on the early, influential work of Weisberg (1980) – we measure respondents’ party identification through a series of self-identification questions designed so as not to foreclose on the prospect that a sub ject can maintain an affinity for both parties at the same time.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
Neils Bohr, as attributed by Rhodes (1986), believed the knowledge of nuclear weapons would “foreclose the nation-state,” by which he meant that knowledge of nuclear weapons was so powerful that its proliferation would make the nation-state obsolete.
Observations of Extrasolar Planets Enabled by a Return to the Moon