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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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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The first known use of enclose was in the 14th century

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10 Jan 2020

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“Enclose.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enclose?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=enclos01. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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How to pronounce enclose (audio)

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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