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[Anglo-French forclos, past participle of foreclore to preclude, prevent, from fors outside + clore to close]
: to subject to foreclosure proceedings
: to foreclose a mortgage or other security interest compare repossess, seize
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.