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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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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All three classifications have different requirements, with the tallest buildings being required to enclose all exposed timber surfaces and pass a three-hour fire-resistance rating for its structural pieces. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "The state is the first in the U.S. to legalize mass timber high rises," 21 Aug. 2018 In April, the commissioners court approved a study to determine the cost and feasibility to add a levee to enclose the back of Barker Reservoir. Brooke A. Lewis, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend commissioners move forward with countywide watershed study," 6 June 2018 Fold ends to enclose filling and roll up phyllo to make a straw. House Beautiful, "Sandra Lee's Pesto Cheese Straws," 8 Nov. 2012 The dinner tablescapes were covered in iridescent cellophane, and had cotton-candy-color blooms enclosed in Beauty and the Beast–style bell jars. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Young Flocked to the Whitney Art Party for a Night of Warhol," 30 Jan. 2019 The bottom shelf, which is made with lighter solid poplar wood and enclosed in the front but open on the sides, is for your mat—just slide it in one of the sides to stow it away out of sight. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Every Yoga Lover Needs This Sleek Storage Shelf," 15 Jan. 2019 To determine what’s going on with the EmDrive, though, the group needs to enclose the device in a shield made of something called mu metals, which will insulate it against the planet’s magnetism. National Geographic, "NASA's 'Impossible' Space Engine Tested—Here Are the Results," 22 May 2018 Fold sides of tortilla over filling, then roll up to enclose. Bon Appetit, "Breakfast Burrito to Go," 21 May 2018 Wooden post fences lined the acreage to enclose vegetable gardens and keep out goats. From Express-news Archives, San Antonio Express-News, "Irish immigrants settled flat, low-lying land north of the Alamo," 16 Mar. 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 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

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