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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Recent Examples on the Web To accompany her show-stopping dress Reid sported a top-knot bun that enclosed a jeweled hair accessory, Sophia Webster shoes, and dainty silver hoops. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Storm Reid Electrifies The 2019 People's Choice Awards Red Carpet," 11 Nov. 2019 That linkage and the pilot parachute riser is enclosed in a protective sheath that prevents abrasion. William Harwood, CBS News, "Boeing identifies rigging problem with Starliner parachute," 7 Nov. 2019 As a ruthless battle threatens humanity, Tris and Four journey beyond the wall that encloses Chicago to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019 Philadelphia Chief Inspector Scott Small said the man descended the side of the building using chain-link fences that enclose balconies. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Video catches man scaling quickly down 19-story Philadelphia high-rise during fire," 19 July 2019 Also enclosed is a receipt for the cost of parking my horse at Dulles for the weekend. cleveland.com, "Blame it on the rain: No, Trump doesn’t think there were airports in 1775," 5 July 2019 The condition, spina bifida, occurs when tissue that should enclose and protect the spinal column does not form properly, leaving part of the spine uncovered, with nerves exposed. Denise Grady, New York Times, "A Boy Who Had Spinal Surgery in the Womb Stands on His Own Two Feet," 24 June 2019 The fence, which is several feet high, stretches across an area that encloses about 4 acres, according to the environmental manager for The Woodlands Development Co., Fred LeBlanc. John S.marshall, Houston Chronicle, "Family of bald eagles thriving in The Woodlands," 2 Feb. 2018 Plus, there’s nothing obstructing the views around and above you: the whole outdoor space is enclosed in 79 nine-foot-tall glass panels, each weighing in at 1,400 pounds and angled 6.6 degrees outward. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Brand New View of New York City, From 100 Floors Up, Is Opening Soon," 24 Oct. 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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The first known use of enclose was in the 14th century

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28 Nov 2019

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“Enclose.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enclosing. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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