foreclose

To foreclose is to prevent something from happening. If you want to foreclose any possibility of getting in a car accident, you should travel by train instead.

Foreclose comes from the Old French forclore, "exclude or shut out," which led to its sense of "bar from happening," and also the legal meaning, "bar someone from redeeming a mortgage." If a bank forecloses on a property, they take it away from the person who lives there. This typically happens once the homeowner has missed several payments on their mortgage, the money they owe after borrowing from the bank.

Primary Meanings of foreclose

1.
v
keep from happening or arising; make impossible
2.
v
subject to foreclosing procedures; take away the right of mortgagors to redeem their mortgage
Full Definitions of foreclose
1

v keep from happening or arising; make impossible

Synonyms:
forbid, forestall, preclude, prevent
Types:
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make unnecessary, save
make unnecessary an expenditure or effort
avert, avoid, debar, deflect, fend off, forefend, forfend, head off, obviate, stave off, ward off
prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
block, blockade, embarrass, hinder, obstruct, stymie, stymy
hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
baffle, bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart
hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
block, halt, kibosh, stop
stop from happening or developing
stonewall
obstruct or hinder any discussion
disappoint, let down
fail to meet the hopes or expectations of
embargo
prevent commerce
filibuster
obstruct deliberately by delaying
check
block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
hang
prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
bottleneck
slow down or impede by creating an obstruction
dash
destroy or break
short-circuit
hamper the progress of; impede
ruin
destroy or cause to fail
stay
stop a judicial process
2

v subject to foreclosing procedures; take away the right of mortgagors to redeem their mortgage

Type of:
reclaim, repossess
claim back

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