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

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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 The washboards hold books and ovals made of twine, which enclose overlapping transparencies of family photos. Washington Post, "In the galleries: A satire on images of women and the objects they advertise," 25 Dec. 2020 The dog-friendly beer garden will have Astroturf floors and walls with graffiti on them to enclose the space. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Trinity Groves in West Dallas is building a beer garden, bringing back burgers," 3 Dec. 2020 Those in climates where freezes are common should enclose their rosebushes in some chicken wire and fill around the plant with straw mulch. Sunset Magazine, "Winterizing Your Garden," 24 Nov. 2020 Restaurants will have the ability to fully enclose their outdoor dining area with a temporary structure. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 19 Nov. 2020 But now that winter and colder temperatures are here, businesses have started to enclose those outdoor areas, thus turning them into…indoor areas. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Is Eating Outdoors in an Enclosed Tent Actually Any Safer Than Eating Indoors?," 20 Nov. 2020 The only way to be sure of blooms is to enclose the entire plant in a protective cover that will insulate the buds, but still allow air to circulate. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Bundle up your garden for winter with burlap, leaves and frost blankets. Here’s what to use for your plants, shrubs and trees.," 31 Oct. 2020 But there are also much more ambitious plans, that haven't yet gotten greenlit, to enclose the entire harbor in a seawall. CBS News, "For many climate change finally hits home," 18 Oct. 2020 Suggestions included outdoor pods made of recycled plastic that enclose each table and tables outfitted with fire pits. Dave Sebastian, WSJ, "Restaurants Prolong Outdoor Dining With Igloos, Heaters," 4 Oct. 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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29 Dec 2020

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“Enclose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enclose. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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

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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