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 Efforts to enroll Glendora’s museum on America’s National Register of Historic Places have been rejected. The Economist, "Memories of Emmett Till," 14 Nov. 2019 One study cited in the SDAG report uses almost exclusively, as a measure of success, the student’s ability to enroll in or access a course. Rafi Eis, National Review, "The Progressive Transformation of New York City Schools," 7 Nov. 2019 More than 400 colleges and universities still had seats available for freshmen and transfer students after the traditional May 1 deadline to enroll for this fall, the National Association for College Admission Counseling reports. Jon Marcus, New York Times, "Radical Survival Strategies for Struggling Colleges," 10 Oct. 2019 The vaccine is given in the same shot with diphtheria and tetanus vaccines, and the immunization is required in order to enroll in child care and school attendance. Karen Ann Cullotta, chicagotribune.com, "Highly contagious whooping cough cases on the rise in children, pediatricians warn," 10 Oct. 2019 The designation gives livestock producers a chance to enroll in certain U.S. Department of Agriculture programs, including a livestock forage program, Brooks said. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Parched pastures affecting Alabama cattle farmers," 25 Sep. 2019 Voter registration groups who sued said the law has already curtailed their ability to enroll voters in communities of color and other historically disenfranchised groups. Jonathan Mattise, SFChronicle.com, "Judge blocks Tennessee voter sign-up penalties, citing harm," 12 Sep. 2019 The newest Duck is a big one: 5-star center N’Faly Dante, who has reclassified in order to enroll for the 2019-20 season. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: Yes, Sports Illustrated ranked Stanford’s fake Tree over Colorado’s real buffalo (and loads more)," 16 Aug. 2019 Critics say that the ability of charter schools to enroll out-of-district students can incentivize school districts to perform lax oversight because those students are not the districts’ residents students. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "County officials: Inspire charter schools operated illegal out-of-district enrichment centers," 5 Aug. 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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21 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Enroll.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enrolling. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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