en·close | \ in-ˈklōz , en- \
variants: or less commonly \in-ˈklōz \
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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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.

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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Wood accents and walnut floors warm the board-form concrete surfaces, soaring walls of glass and modular shapes that enclose the three stories that make up nearly 14,000 square feet of living space. Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "Home of the Week: Pacific Palisades estate raises the bar for California living," 19 May 2018 This summer, plans call for expanding Maine South’s cafeteria by enclosing the outdoor patio area between the lunchroom and the rear hallway. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "District 207 school board approves $145K purchase of new cafeteria seating," 14 May 2018 InSight was originally slated for launch in March 2016, but leaks in the vacuum seal that encloses the seismometer caused a 26-month delay. Alexandra Witze, Scientific American, ""Marsquakes" Set to Reveal Tantalizing Clues to Planet's Early Years," 28 Apr. 2018 The move helps lower the rate at which the river flows past New Orleans, reducing pressure on the levees and flood protection system that enclose the city, and also on levees downriver. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "Mississippi River no longer expected to reach flood stage in New Orleans," 16 Mar. 2018 One end is a round turret made of many tall windows that enclose the casual eating area. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "House Envy: Stately Bloomfield Hills renovation awaits first residents," 10 Mar. 2018 The Independence Center Mall’s troubles were emblematic of the difficulties that enclosed malls face. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "Independence Center mall gets new operator | The Kansas City Star," 16 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, because the weather can be fickle and the restaurant is crazy-busy, the Cheel enclosed its previous patio beside the restaurant, making it a four-season room (for all but winter's coldest days). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dining patios proliferate around Milwaukee; a look at some new ones for 2018," 10 July 2018 The second floor features air-conditioned, enclosed boxed seating, a full bar, and restaurant with unobstructed views of Center Court and the surrounding outdoor seats. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Lindner Family Tennis Center upgrades nearing completion, will be ready for 2018 W&S Open," 24 June 2018

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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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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 \
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

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