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 for foreclose
From 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;
     to exclude.
     [1913 Webster]
           The embargo with Spain foreclosed this trade. --Carew.
     [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]

From 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,
           preclude, forbid]
      2: subject to foreclosing procedures; take away the right of
         mortgagors to redeem their mortgage

From 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,
     ward off

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