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

Examples of enroll in a Sentence

The college enrolls about 25,000 students. They enrolled several volunteers for the study.

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Batres would find work through his brother, Ashly would enroll in school and the mother would join them when they were settled. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "'What if I lose her forever?' In Guatemala, a couple fears for their child still in detention in U.S.," 10 July 2018 Parents may enroll their children in math and reading enrichment programs as an extension to typical on-campus schooling or to improve their skills in specific subject areas. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Enrichment programs can help students reach beyond the classroom," 7 July 2018 Ridgefield Park Junior-Senior High School enrolls 1,240 in grades seven through 12. Jay Levin, New York Times, "Ridgefield Park, N.J.: A 21st-Century Mayberry," 4 July 2018 The Kentucky commit can now enroll in college in time for the 2018-19 season. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Ashton Hagans signals he will join Kentucky basketball next season," 15 June 2018 Statewide, about 106,200 children who are eligible on the basis of family income cannot enroll because there is not enough space in preschool classrooms, according to Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. Thomas Fitzgerald, Philly.com, "Pa. voters willing to pay more taxes for more pre-K, poll finds," 7 June 2018 The Mormon church currently enrolls nearly 460,000 Scouts in the BSA, and about each scout pays $33 per year for membership—a contribution to the tune of about $15 million per year. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "In Breakup with Boy Scouts, It’s Mormons Who Lose," 10 May 2018 Students enroll at the Preuss School at UC San Diego with an ambitious goal: become the first in their family to graduate from college. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Who's top-ranked high school in San Diego County?," 9 May 2018 Students can enroll at any ISA at the kindergarten or first-grade level. Jennifer Shapiro-sacks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "New Horizons Elementary School recognized for dual-language program," 8 May 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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