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 Every year the city completes its official enrollment count on Oct. 5, anticipating that many students do not enroll until after the academic year has started. Washington Post, "D.C. says 20,000 students started the enrollment process, but did not complete it," 11 Sep. 2020 This should allow students with financial barriers to enroll in the program. Daily Southtown Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Community news: Hazel Crest Metra station renovation complete," 20 Aug. 2020 Black students enroll in HBCUs, roughly 16 percent of all Black scientists and engineers are their graduates. Dario Gil, Scientific American, "How to Ensure the U.S.’s Quantum Future," 20 Aug. 2020 Colleen Cardenuto, the district's director of curriculum and administrative services, said the distance learning this year may help lay the groundwork for an online academy in which students could enroll full time or for specific classes. Erin Golden, Star Tribune, "Minnesota schools plan for students studying from home during the pandemic," 18 Aug. 2020 Students can also enroll in Newport’s new online charter school. oregonlive, "Uncertainty over Oregon schools’ fall plans clouds working parents’ child care options," 15 Aug. 2020 Under a plan that the school board approved earlier this month, Oldham County Schools would start the 2020-21 academic year on Aug. 24 and allow students to enroll in either in-class or virtual learning for the fall. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Petition calls on Oldham County Schools to defy Beshear, move ahead with in-person classes," 11 Aug. 2020 Students who want to learn only online can enroll in what’s called Davis Connect. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Here’s a breakdown of how some of the biggest school districts in Utah plan to reopen," 9 Aug. 2020 Students in grades 7 and up will enroll for a semester. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Central Indiana schools release district-specific COVID-19 plans for fall," 11 July 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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17 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Enroll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enroll. Accessed 26 Sep. 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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