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 to become void upon payment or performance according to the stipulated terms; also, the written instrument by which the conveyance is made. [1913 Webster]

Note: It was called a mortgage (or dead pledge) because, whatever profit it might yield, it did not thereby redeem itself, but became lost or dead to the mortgager upon breach of the condition. But in equity a right of redemption is an inseparable incident of a mortgage until the mortgager is debarred by his own laches, or by judicial decree. --Cowell. --Kent. [1913 Webster]

2. State of being pledged; as, lands given in mortgage. [1913 Webster]

{Chattel mortgage}. See under {Chattel}.

{To foreclose a mortgage}. See under {Foreclose}.

{Mortgage deed} (Law), a deed given by way of mortgage. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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.]… …   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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