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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Frank, imprisoned in California, enclosed a photograph of his daughter with his form, asking that she be photoshopped into an image of the Pyramid of the Sun, in Teotihuacan, Mexico. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Photo Requests from Solitary Confinement," 8 July 2019 Thick tree limbs are enclosed by plastic tarps with window cutouts flapping in the wind. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "In Uganda, a unique urban experiment is under way," 17 June 2019 The pilot, not unlike New York and London cabbies, is also enclosed in their own plexiglass bubble, keeping sightlines of the horizon open for maximum views (and to keep you from backseat flying). Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "A First Look Inside Uber's Flying Taxis," 11 June 2019 The walls of earth enclose his face as flashes of lightning illuminate it. Max Nelson, Harper's magazine, "The All-Seeing Eye," 10 June 2019 In the late-1970s Maryvale Shopping City was enclosed, expanded and renamed Maryvale Mall. Douglas C. Towne, azcentral, "Mr. Magoo and a Bond girl, too: John F. Long's Maryvale Shopping City attracted stars," 6 June 2019 The addition would enclose what used to be a loading dock area at the back-end of the former post office. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "State capital bill includes funds for Lake County Children's Advocacy Center," 5 June 2019 But then, bathrooms in India aren’t usually enclosed in concrete bathtubs like in the US. Anahita Mukherji, Quartz India, "Car seats and sleep training: An Indian mother’s battles with American parenting," 3 June 2019 The site is now enclosed in Willamette Stone State Park near Northwest Skyline Boulevard. oregonlive.com, "2019 Rose Festival Treasure Hunt clues explained," 9 June 2019

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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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