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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The Trumps have decided to enroll their son at the private St. Andrews School in Potomac, Maryland. Morgan Evans, Town & Country, "What Barron Trump Can Expect When He Moves Into the White House," 5 June 2017 Its aim is to serve working adults nationwide who wish to complete college degrees but don’t have the time or geographical proximity to enroll in ordinary classes. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "College Bloat Meets ‘The Blade’," 14 Dec. 2018 Kansas requires able-bodied adults receiving both food stamps and cash assistance to work at least 20 hours a week, look for work or enroll in job training. John Hanna, The Seattle Times, "New Kansas governor wants to roll back cash assistance rules," 4 Dec. 2018 Mendiola decided to confront this issue head-on, quitting her job in finance to enroll in a master's program at Central Saint Martins, the famed London design school. Hilary George-parkin, Glamour, "This Swimsuit Line Wants to Change the Way We Think About Disfigurement," 28 Nov. 2018 To participate, parents or guardians had to enroll in the free Build-a-Bear Bonus Club rewards program. Conner Mitchell, kansascity, "Hundreds of shoppers stuff Oak Park, Independence malls for Build-A-Bear special," 12 July 2018 Maybe that’s why so many parents went out of their regional boundaries to enroll their kids in schools. Washington Post, "D.C.’s school scandals are barely registering with the public. That shows how little we value education.," 19 Apr. 2018 Bagley III skipped his senior year to enroll at Duke and now has declared for the NBA Draft. Chris Chavez, SI.com, "Report: Marvin Bagley III's Family Went From Bankrupt to Luxury After Nike Sponsored AAU Team," 28 Mar. 2018 Twelve such schools currently enroll about 3,500 students. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Charter schools can continue to receive state funding, Washington’s Supreme Court rules," 25 Oct. 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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to settle judicially or to act as judge

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