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.

Definitions of foreclose
  1. verb
    keep from happening or arising; make impossible
    synonyms: forbid, forestall, preclude, preempt, prevent
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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, confound, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, scuttle, spoil, thwart
    hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
    block, halt, kibosh, stop
    stop from happening or developing
    obstruct or hinder any discussion
    disappoint, let down
    fail to meet the hopes or expectations of
    prevent commerce
    obstruct deliberately by delaying
    block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
    prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
    slow down or impede by creating an obstruction
    destroy or break
    hamper the progress of; impede
    destroy or cause to fail
    stop a judicial process
  2. verb
    subject to foreclosing procedures; take away the right of mortgagors to redeem their mortgage
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    reclaim, repossess
    claim back
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