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 That had two negative effects: greatly diminished battery life, and a surprisingly hot Surface when pulled out of an enclosed, insulated backpack. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "How Microsoft is testing the Surface Book 3 to avoid past thermal issues," 18 May 2020 Paleontologists working in the Southeast Asian country have in recent years encountered dinosaur tails, baby birds, new insect species and even seagoing creatures that became enclosed in gobs of sticky sap. Riley Black, Scientific American, "Smallest Known Dinosaur Found in Amber," 11 Mar. 2020 Highsnobiety says that the snack will come enclosed in another acrylic box for protection. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Travis Scott Redesigns Reese's Puffs Cereal Box for Cactus Jack Collaboration," 24 June 2019 Being in an enclosed, dark space with buffered sound and tactile sensations can be especially therapeutic for children on the autism spectrum, or those who have attention-deficit and disorders or anxiety. Susan C. Margolin, Washington Post, "Why kids love building forts — and why experts say they might need them more than ever," 18 May 2020 The amendment requires that plants are locked and enclosed. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County alters view on for-profit video visitation for jail inmates: The Wake Up for Monday, March 9, 2020," 9 Mar. 2020 In the present case, the state government enclosed the diverted and acquired land even though the earlier land-use change in favour of POSCO was never realised. Mayank Aggarwal, Quartz India, "A small village in eastern India is resisting a mega steel project—again," 4 Mar. 2020 The tidy row of low boxwoods set in front encloses the garden area. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, "See How One Alabama Family Transformed a Starter House Into Their Forever Home," 25 Apr. 2020 All large markets in Africa, open air or enclosed, have marketing associations which maintain order, assign stalls and resolve disputes. W. Gyude Moore, Quartz Africa, "Curfews are a safer plan than total lockdowns to slow Covid-19’s spread in informal economies," 11 Apr. 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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“Enclose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enclose. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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 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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