en·​close | \ in-ˈklōz How to pronounce enclose (audio) , en- \
variants: or less commonly \ in-​ˈklōz How to pronounce inclose (audio) \
enclosed also inclosed; enclosing also inclosing; encloses also incloses

Definition of enclose

transitive verb

1a(1) : to close in : surround enclose a porch with glass
(2) : to fence off (common land) for individual use
b : to hold in : confine
2 : to include along with something else in a parcel or envelope a check is enclosed herewith

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Examples of enclose in a Sentence

The pie's flaky crust encloses a fruit filling. Enclose the fish in foil and bake. She enclosed a photo with the card. Please enclose a check with your application. Enclosed with this letter are the tickets you ordered.
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Recent Examples on the Web But now that winter and colder temperatures are here, businesses have started to enclose those outdoor areas, thus turning them into…indoor areas. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Is Eating Outdoors in an Enclosed Tent Actually Any Safer Than Eating Indoors?," 20 Nov. 2020 The only way to be sure of blooms is to enclose the entire plant in a protective cover that will insulate the buds, but still allow air to circulate. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Bundle up your garden for winter with burlap, leaves and frost blankets. Here’s what to use for your plants, shrubs and trees.," 31 Oct. 2020 But there are also much more ambitious plans, that haven't yet gotten greenlit, to enclose the entire harbor in a seawall. CBS News, "For many climate change finally hits home," 18 Oct. 2020 Suggestions included outdoor pods made of recycled plastic that enclose each table and tables outfitted with fire pits. Dave Sebastian, WSJ, "Restaurants Prolong Outdoor Dining With Igloos, Heaters," 4 Oct. 2020 With a month to go before the election, President Donald Trump’s administration has begun requiring contractors to enclose a letter on White House letterhead, in English and Spanish, signed by Trump. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Food Bank criticizes Trump-signed letter in federal food boxes, but will distribute them anyway," 2 Oct. 2020 But the concrete border walls that enclose the 2 million Palestinians who live in Gaza, which surrounds a greater part of the 360 square kilometers that make up the Strip, are supposed to cement that lie. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: My first impressions at the Erez Crossing after a lifetime crossing the U.S.-Mexico border," 23 Sep. 2020 This durable faux stone-and-steel mesh pit is easy-to-assemble, according to its reviewers, and comes with a safety mesh cover to enclose your fire and prevent sparks or debris from flying. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Monday," 21 Sep. 2020 The Bronco Sports all have four-doors and can enclose a pair of mountain bikes. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Car shoppers set sights on bargain 2020s, tantalizing 2021s," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of enclose

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for enclose

Middle English, probably from enclos enclosed, from Anglo-French, past participle of enclore to enclose, from Vulgar Latin *inclaudere, alteration of Latin includere — more at include

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23 Nov 2020

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“Enclose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enclose. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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How to pronounce enclose (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of enclose

: to surround (something)
: to put something around (something)
: to include (something) with a letter or in a package


en·​close | \ in-ˈklōz How to pronounce enclose (audio) \
enclosed; enclosing

Kids Definition of enclose

1 : to close in : surround The porch is enclosed with glass.
2 : to hold in : confine He enclosed the animals in a pen.
3 : to put in the same package or envelope with something else

Choose the Right Synonym for enclose

enclose, envelop, and fence mean to surround something and close it off. enclose is used of putting up barriers (as walls) or a cover around something so as to give it protection or privacy. A high hedge encloses the garden. envelop is used of surrounding something completely by a soft layer or covering to hide or protect it. Clouds enveloped the peaks of the mountains. fence is used of surrounding something with or as if with a fence so that nothing may enter or leave. A stone wall fences in the yard.

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