en·​close | \ in-ˈklōz How to pronounce enclose (audio) , en- \
variants: or less commonly \ in-​ˈklōz How to pronounce enclose (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

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 The new building would enclose 47,000 square feet and include six science labs, between four and six classrooms and administrative offices. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Jan. 2022 As with warmer temperatures, enclose the entire system in a waterproof-breathable shell jacket and pants. Outside Online, 4 Oct. 2021 Jones tottered through the wetlands in hip waders, holding high a cuboid plastic container tall enough to enclose the towering tule plants. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Dec. 2021 Fold the other half of the pastry dough over the apples and pinch the sides of the dough together to enclose the filling, folding the dough upwards to prevent the filling from coming out. Jessica Dupuy, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 Fold the dough up and around, pinching the dough tightly to enclose the cheese. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2021 Place 1 heaping spoonful herb butter at center of each patty and mold meat to enclose butter. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2021 The most effective way to prevent damage is to enclose young trees with half-inch mesh netting. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, 4 May 2021 With the boat and turtle aligned, Benson managed to encircle him with the hoop and enclose him in the net. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Nov. 2021

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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 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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