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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + clore, to close (from Latin claudere).]
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