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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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 Supporters of the current admission system called this new data evidence that the mayor’s proposal would enroll students who aren’t well prepared for their demanding academics. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Stuyvesant, Other Elite New York Public High Schools Could Admit Students Who Didn’t Pass State Tests," 18 Oct. 2018 John Marshall Law School was established in 1899 and enrolls about 1,000 students. Fox News, "Chicago's John Marshall Law School to merge into UIC," 20 July 2018 Edgewood board President Roy Richard Soto noted similarities between Duncanville, which enrolls nearly 12,800 students, and Edgewood, which has an enrollment of more than 11,000, as a factor in their decision. Krista Torralva, San Antonio Express-News, "Edgewood ISD approves new superintendent hire," 19 June 2018 Then the old system broke down under a stress test, which delayed the process of having schools enroll students for benefits until July 16. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "VA’s software so SNAFU’d that vets were made homeless waiting for benefits," 12 Nov. 2018 Take yesterday, for instance, when an aggressive parent who had previously been charged with trespassing showed up at two different schools, trying to enroll his child. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "What Littleton Learned," 1 Aug. 2018 In the other: those who believe fewer people will enroll in college as tuition costs spiral out of control and alternatives to the traditional degree emerge. Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post, "The future of college education: Students for life, computer advisers and campuses everywhere," 6 July 2018 Montell Myers is a 21-year-old who grew up playing with Hess trucks and came all the way from North Carolina to enroll in TDDS. Heather Long, chicagotribune.com, "Amid trucker shortage, Trump team pilots program to drop driving age requirement to 18," 29 June 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

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enrollment noun

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