Pronunciation: (fôr-klōz', fōr-), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/foreclose.html on line 73 [key]
—v., -closed, -clos•ing.
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 then passing to the mortgagee.
b. to take away the right to redeem (a mortgage or pledge).
2. to shut out; exclude; bar.
3. to hinder or prevent, as from doing something.
4. to establish an exclusive claim to.
5. to close, settle, or answer beforehand.
to foreclose a mortgage or pledge.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.