To foreclose a mortgage
Foreclose Fore*close", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Foreclosed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Foreclosing}.] [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.] To shut up or out; to preclude; to stop; to prevent; to bar; to exclude. [1913 Webster]

The embargo with Spain foreclosed this trade. --Carew. [1913 Webster]

{To foreclose a mortgager} (Law), to cut him off by a judgment of court from the power of redeeming the mortgaged premises, termed his equity of redemption.

{To foreclose a mortgage}, (not technically correct, but often used to signify) the obtaining a judgment for the payment of an overdue mortgage, and the exposure of the mortgaged property to sale to meet the mortgage debt. --Wharton. [1913 Webster]


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  • To foreclose a mortgage — Mortgage Mort gage (m[^o]r g[asl]j; 48), n. [F. mort gage; mort dead (L. mortuus) + gage pledge. See {Mortal}, and {Gage}.] 1. (Law) A conveyance of property, upon condition, as security for the payment of a debt or the preformance of a duty, and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To foreclose a mortgager — Foreclose Fore*close , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Foreclosed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Foreclosing}.] [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.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foreclose a mortgage — take away the right to redeem a mortgage …   English contemporary dictionary

  • foreclose — fore·close /fōr klōz/ vb [Anglo French forclos, past participle of foreclore to preclude, prevent, from fors outside + clore to close] vt: to subject to foreclosure proceedings vi: to foreclose a mortgage or other security interest compare… …   Law dictionary

  • Foreclose — Fore*close , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Foreclosed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Foreclosing}.] [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.] To shut up …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mortgage — Mort gage (m[^o]r g[asl]j; 48), n. [F. mort gage; mort dead (L. mortuus) + gage pledge. See {Mortal}, and {Gage}.] 1. (Law) A conveyance of property, upon condition, as security for the payment of a debt or the preformance of a duty, and to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mortgage deed — Mortgage Mort gage (m[^o]r g[asl]j; 48), n. [F. mort gage; mort dead (L. mortuus) + gage pledge. See {Mortal}, and {Gage}.] 1. (Law) A conveyance of property, upon condition, as security for the payment of a debt or the preformance of a duty, and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foreclose — [fôr klōz′] vt. foreclosed, foreclosing [ME forclosen < OFr forclos, pp. of forclore, to exclude < fors (< L foris: see DOOR), outside + clore (< L claudere), CLOSE3] 1. to shut out; exclude; bar 2. to extinguish the right to redeem… …   English World dictionary

  • foreclose — fore•close [[t]fɔrˈkloʊz, foʊr [/t]] v. closed, clos•ing 1) law a) to deprive (a mortgagor) of the right to redeem a property, esp. after defaulting on mortgage payments b) law to subject (a property) to foreclosure c) to take away the right to… …   From formal English to slang

  • foreclose — foreclosable, adj. /fawr klohz , fohr /, v., foreclosed, foreclosing. v.t. 1. Law. a. to deprive (a mortgagor or pledgor) of the right to redeem his or her property, esp. on failure to make payment on a mortgage when due, ownership of property… …   Universalium

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