en·​roll | \in-ˈrōl, 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 , en-​ \ noun
enrollment or less commonly enrolment \ in-​ˈrōl-​mənt , 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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In the other: those who believe fewer people will enroll in college as tuition costs spiral out of control and alternatives to the traditional degree emerge. Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post, "The future of college education: Students for life, computer advisers and campuses everywhere," 6 July 2018 Montell Myers is a 21-year-old who grew up playing with Hess trucks and came all the way from North Carolina to enroll in TDDS. Heather Long, chicagotribune.com, "Amid trucker shortage, Trump team pilots program to drop driving age requirement to 18," 29 June 2018 Montell Myers is a 21-year-old who grew up playing with Hess trucks and came all the way from North Carolina to enroll in TDDS. Washington Post, latimes.com, "To ease trucker shortage, Trump team considers dropping age requirement to 18," 29 June 2018 The long runway seems to have given companies more time to enroll in cyber insurance and spread out the increase in demands, Mr. Bantick said. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "Why Europe’s Cyber Insurance Windfall Hasn’t Happened," 20 June 2018 There are more Latino immigrants who work in agriculture and food processing, and some of their children enroll in school. New York Times, "What Budget Cuts Mean for Third Graders in a Rural School," 5 June 2018 State lawmakers have approved a measure that would expand Aurora’s Illinois Math and Science Academy, allowing younger students and out-of-state students to enroll. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Proposal approved to allow out-of-state students at IMSA," 30 May 2018 Simply leave it up to each college to determine if a prospect meets the academic standards to be able to enroll at that college, and those decisions can come much earlier, allowing time for a backup plan. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "NCAA must get out of academics if it wants to fix college basketball," 9 Mar. 2018 Program failed to create a pipeline of homes to enroll in prevention. Daniel Bice And Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Report cites litany of causes for problems in Milwaukee Health Department lead program," 29 Jan. 2018

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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 \
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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