Etymology
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foreclose (v.)

late 13c., from Old French forclos, past participle of forclore "exclude, shut out; shun; drive away" (12c.), from fors "out" (Modern French hors; from Latin foris "outside;" see foreign) + clore "to shut" (see close (v.)). Senses in English influenced by words in for- (which is partly synonymous with the Latin word) and spelling by a mistaken association with native fore-. Specific mortgage law sense is first attested 1728. Other Middle English for- words in which the same prefix figures include forjuggen "condemn, convict, banish;" forloinen "forsake, stray from," and forfeit. Related: Foreclosed; foreclosing.

updated on December 17, 2014

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Definitions of foreclose from WordNet

foreclose (v.)
keep from happening or arising; make impossible;
Synonyms: prevent / forestall / preclude / forbid
foreclose (v.)
subject to foreclosing procedures; take away the right of mortgagors to redeem their mortgage;
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