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

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Examples of enroll in a Sentence

The college enrolls about 25,000 students. They enrolled several volunteers for the study.
Recent Examples on the Web But his wild lifestyle remained at odds with his faith, and a conflicted Richard quit the business in 1957 to enroll in a theological school and get married. Anchorage Daily News, "Little Richard, flamboyant rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, dead at 87," 9 May 2020 Lilly plans to enroll 3,000 people in the study, which will run for a limited time. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Lilly recruiting volunteers for study of asymptomatic coronavirus infection," 7 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, charter school officials claim 131 students have submitted forms and planned to enroll at the school. al, "Alabama looks to shut down controversial charter school before it opens," 3 Feb. 2020 Consumer groups and Democrats say that limitation means thousands of people could lose Medicaid coverage or be unable to enroll if states’ costs rise or enrollment swells. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Trump Administration to Soon Issue Guidance on Medicaid Block Grants," 19 Jan. 2020 Four-star Lexington Catholic star Beau Allen also signed with UK in December and is planning to enroll for the spring semester. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "A closer look at who could replace Lynn Bowden and 2019 seniors for Kentucky football," 1 Jan. 2020 Ferebee said students were unable to enroll in credit recovery courses for one academic quarter last year as the school system revamped the program. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "D.C. graduation rate holds steady in 2019, despite drop in traditional school system," 9 Nov. 2019 The University of Illinois has since identified 14 applicants who did the same: three who just completed their freshman year and 11 who plan to enroll this fall, Borst said. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, "Parents Are Giving Up Custody of Their Kids to Get Need-Based College Financial Aid," 29 July 2019 Today, more than 1,000 students enroll in the undergraduate program's classes each year. cincinnati.com, "May 4, 1970: 50 years of remembrance, controversy and pain following Kent State shooting," 29 Apr. 2020

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

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22 May 2020

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“Enroll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enroll. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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