enclose

verb
en·​close | \ in-ˈklōz, en-\
variants: or less commonly \ in-​ˈklōz \
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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Flickering candles—some, enclosed in glass, others, of the tea variety, gave each table a warm glow. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How an Industrial Space in Brooklyn Was Transformed for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Dinner," 6 Nov. 2018 Customers order on the mobile app or a kiosk touch-screen, and the machine, enclosed in a glass bubble with the robot, prepares the drink. WSJ, "Robot Restaurants: The Good Versus the Gimmicks," 3 Oct. 2018 All the rooms are visible from the exterior except the bathrooms, one of which is enclosed by the kitchen wall and the other by the fireplace chimney. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "Revitalizing a Michigan Midcentury Marvel," 15 Nov. 2018 One is enclosed by mirrors and has red polka dots covering the floor and two gray-haired mannequins. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to See Yayoi Kusama's Art Across the U.S.," 27 July 2018 The entire system is enclosed in the body, and the battery generally lasts five to 10 years. Trihealth, Cincinnati.com, "A stimulating option for treating an overactive bladder," 12 Mar. 2018 The tree-house-like stilted bungalows of Asilia’s Jabali Ridge—enclosed by teak louvered shutters and nest-like gum-wood-branch roofs—hide between boulders on a soaring granite outcrop, giving panoramic views of plains and otherworldly baobabs. Andrew Sessa, Condé Nast Traveler, "Ruaha: The African National Park You'll Have Almost All to Yourself," 11 Oct. 2018 The collection also includes a five-piece brush set ($38), all enclosed in a zippered makeup bag. Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "PÜR Unveils 'The Grinch'–Inspired 5-Piece Beauty Collection," 1 Oct. 2018 If enclosed in a perforated plastic bag, horseradish root will keep in the vegetable bin of your refrigerator for three months or even longer. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow and Prepare Horseradish Straight From Your Garden," 27 July 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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enclose

verb

English Language Learners Definition of enclose

: to surround (something)

: to put something around (something)

: to include (something) with a letter or in a package

enclose

verb
en·​close | \ in-ˈklōz \
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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