Foreclosed
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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