en·​roll | \ in-ˈrōl How to pronounce enroll (audio) , en-\
variants: or less commonly enrol
enrolled; enrolling

Definition of enroll

transitive verb

1 : to insert, register, or enter in a list, catalog, or roll the school enrolls about 800 pupils
2 : to prepare a final perfect copy of (a bill passed by a legislature) in written or printed form
3 : to roll or wrap up

intransitive verb

: to enroll oneself or cause oneself to be enrolled we enrolled in the history course

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Other Words from enroll

enrollee \ in-​rō-​ˈlē How to pronounce enrollee (audio) , en-​ \ noun
enrollment or less commonly enrolment \ in-​ˈrōl-​mənt How to pronounce enrolment (audio) , en-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for enroll


inscribe, list, matriculate, register



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Examples of enroll in a Sentence

The college enrolls about 25,000 students. They enrolled several volunteers for the study.

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Demory and Russell also bought him a 30-day bus pass and helped him enroll in a 16 week program to earn his high school diploma. Karina Elwood, orlandosentinel.com, "To turn his life around, jailed former Winter Park High student called his teacher for help. She answered," 15 July 2019 In exchange, Ellery agreed to enroll in a drug treatment program and forfeit his job, according to TapInto Franklin, a news website. Fox News, "New Jersey cop who overdosed in patrol car pleads guilty to heroin possession, gives up job, reports say," 14 July 2019 Through this kind of approach, the Dallas County Promise got 57% of its nearly 9,000 pledges in 2018 to actually enroll in college. María Méndez, Dallas News, "Keeping the Promise: Here’s how more Dallas kids are going to college for free," 6 July 2019 Ajayi was allowed to enroll in classes again in 2015 after resolving his immigration status, said Utah State spokesman Tim Vitale. Washington Post, "Suspect in woman’s death barred from campus, report says," 2 July 2019 Burlington officials are inviting residents to enroll in the town’s new community notification system. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Burlington launches new community notification system," 2 July 2019 The vast majority of Medi-Cal beneficiaries are required to enroll in managed care plans through health insurance companies that contract with providers for services. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hospitals lose money caring for mental health patients; is there a better way?," 1 July 2019 And those patients who do decide to enroll in Livongo’s diabetes program engage with it at different rates. STAT, "Diabetes-coaching startup Livongo files to go public in a test for health tech," 28 June 2019 Young people who start college work in high school are more likely to enroll in college and graduate with less debt, says Daniel King, superintendent of Pharr San Juan Alamo school district in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley. The Economist, "Public educationPublic education in both California and Texas is poor," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of enroll

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for enroll

Middle English, from Anglo-French enrouler, from en- + rolle roll, register

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English Language Learners Definition of enroll

: to enter (someone) as a member of or participant in something
: to take (someone) as a member or participant
: to become a member or participant


en·​roll | \ in-ˈrōl How to pronounce enroll (audio) \
enrolled; enrolling

Kids Definition of enroll

1 : to include (as a name) on a roll or list
2 : to take in as a member
3 : to become a member : join
variants: or enrol
enrolled; enrolling

Legal Definition of enroll

1 : to insert, register, or enter in a list, catalog, or roll enrolled the deed
2 : to prepare a final copy of (a bill passed by a legislature) in written or printed form — see also enrolled bill at bill sense 1 — compare engross

Other Words from enroll

enrollment noun

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