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 That cost would have to be passed along to the students or absorbed by the school that currently enrolls 455 students. Phillip Morris, cleveland, "These $40 “haircuts” have the potential to save countless lives: Phillip Morris," 20 Nov. 2019 The three schools will combine to enroll 30,000 students next year. BostonGlobe.com, "There was little discussion from the board prior to the vote and no member of the public signed up to speak during the meeting, held at the CCRI campus in Warwick.," 14 Nov. 2019 Most colleges address enrollment and revenue declines by simply increasing the discount rate to enroll more students. Robert Massa, The Conversation, "Here’s why colleges are being forced to close their doors - and what they can do to stay open," 7 Nov. 2019 One of Obama’s flagship programs was his My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which aimed to enroll more high-school students in occupational-training programs. Robert Cherry, National Review, "Who Is the Inheritor of Obama’s Racial-Policy Legacy?," 1 Nov. 2019 Dallas enrolls about 155,000 students, and so many are low-income that the district uses the provision to provide free meals in all schools, with no need to collect individual applications. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "'Sitting in class hungry': Schools wary of Trump plan to end free school lunches for some," 28 Oct. 2019 Others are skeptical that Whittle will be able to enroll 150 students per grade. Jim Rendon, Washington Post, "Can controversial entrepreneur Chris Whittle create a new model for private schools?," 23 Oct. 2019 Charles Toombs, head of the California Faculty Assn., said White didn’t fight hard enough at the state level for more money to enroll more eligible students. Nina Agrawal, Los Angeles Times, "Cal State Chancellor Timothy P. White, who aimed for ambitious reforms, announces retirement," 22 Oct. 2019 Reynolds School District, which enrolls about 11,000 in east Multnomah County Why? 15 of its 19 schools had results low enough to make the state list. oregonlive, "Schools and districts on Oregon’s must-improve list," 20 Oct. 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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The first known use of enroll was in the 14th century

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5 Dec 2019

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“Enroll.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enrollee. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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How to pronounce enroll (audio)

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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