1. [syn: prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid]
2. subject to foreclosing procedures; take away the right of mortgagors to redeem their mortgage;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
To shut up or out; to preclude; to stop; to prevent; to bar;
The embargo with Spain foreclosed this trade. --Carew.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense
of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the
projects precludes your involvement in the competitive
project" [syn: prevent, forestall, foreclose,
2: subject to foreclosing procedures; take away the right of
mortgagors to redeem their mortgage
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
36 Moby Thesaurus words for "foreclose":
anticipate, avert, bar, cut off, debar, deflect, deter, discourage,
disendow, dishearten, disherison, disinherit, disown, dispossess,
disseise, estop, evict, exclude, expropriate, fend, fend off,
forbid, forestall, help, keep from, keep off, obviate, preclude,
prevent, prohibit, repel, rule out, save, stave off, turn aside,