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 College leaders desperate to enroll students or risk financial collapse; students, feeling young and invincible, who were bound to be dumb and throw parties; red-state governments and boards that pressured universities to reopen. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "America Will Sacrifice Anything for the College Experience," 20 Oct. 2020 There is a long waitlist of older adults ready to participate once more students find out about the program and enroll. Sarah Mckinney Gibson Next Avenue, Star Tribune, "An intergenerational, multiracial friendship formed during COVID-19," 14 Oct. 2020 Thompson is planning to enroll early at the University of Oregon after finishing up this semester at Mesquite. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Mesquite QB Ty Thompson accepts HS All-American Bowl invitation," 13 Oct. 2020 The effort aims to enroll women early in their pregnancy and follow them through delivery and until their infants are 18 months old. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "What You Need to Know About Covid-19 and Pregnancy," 12 Oct. 2020 Eligible card members will be notified over the coming weeks with more information on how to enroll and receive the credits. Julian Kheel, CNN Underscored, "New ‘Variis by Equinox’ app credits added to American Express cards," 8 Oct. 2020 Parents, equipped with this knowledge, should then be allowed to vote with their feet and enroll their child in a school of choice. Mike Gonzalez, National Review, "To Tackle Critical Theory in the K–12 Classroom, Start with Colleges of Education," 5 Oct. 2020 Both commits are expected to enroll a semester early at Notre Dame in January. Carter Karels, The Indianapolis Star, "Analyzing Notre Dame's top recruiting storylines," 10 Sep. 2020 The Buckeyes are expecting a large number of the 2021 class to enroll early, many of which were looking forward to a possible winter season after losing out on their senior season. Stephen Means, cleveland, "NCAA Football Oversight Committee to recommend not allowing early enrollees to play in spring season: Buckeyes Recruiting Roundup," 4 Sep. 2020

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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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23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Enroll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enroll. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce enroll (audio)

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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