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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Currently, Sagebrush residents must apply for transfer permits with La Cañada Unified to enroll their children into the district, while also obtaining a release from Glendale Unified. Andrew J. Campa, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Sagebrush territory transfer petition to be voted on in October," 4 Sep. 2019 Parents do not have to be church members to enroll their children in Sunday School. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 28 Aug. 2019 Parents who enroll their children at Life Skills will have to use their insurance or pay out of pocket until then, said vice president Treva Fairman. Dallas News, "Life Skills Autism Academy opening in Plano plans to provide one-on-one therapy," 27 Aug. 2019 Federal law mandates that all public schools enroll every school-aged child. al, "Thousands of Alabama students enroll without vaccine records," 18 Aug. 2019 Low-income families got to enroll children for free; middle-class families paid on a sliding scale. Dara Lind, Vox, "Julián Castro’s 2020 presidential campaign and policies, explained," 26 June 2019 Schools here can enroll children as much as a full year younger than the Sept. 1 cutoff date; only Colorado allows even younger students. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "Why are hundreds of Minnesota students starting kindergarten at age 4?," 16 June 2019 That percentage is far higher than in the city’s traditional gifted programs, which enroll 15,979 children in kindergarten through fifth-grade. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Gifted Programs in High-Poverty Districts Aim to Create Pipeline to Opportunity," 9 Feb. 2019 Other Danish citizens are free to choose whether to enroll children in preschool up to the age of six. New York Times, "In Denmark, Harsh New Laws for Immigrant ‘Ghettos’," 1 July 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 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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