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Definition of foreclose verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they foreclose
    he / she / it forecloses
    past simple foreclosed
    -ing form foreclosing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] foreclose (on somebody/something) foreclose something (finance) (especially of a bank) to take control of someone's property because they have not paid back money that they borrowed to buy it
  2. 2[transitive] foreclose something (formal) to reject something as a possibility synonym exclude The judge's words effectively foreclosed any possibility of an early release.
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