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

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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He's study was up and running and would enroll six other couples. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "The untold story of the ‘circle of trust’ behind the world’s first gene-edited babies," 1 Aug. 2019 Lulu, for example, learns the importance of responsibility and initiative from Blanca and enrolls in school again to get her accounting degree. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Condoms, Consequences & Community: 5 Key Takeaways from Episode 7 of 'Pose' Season 2," 31 July 2019 The board’s policy at the time stated that trustees could enroll in RTA’s healthcare plan but had to pay the full healthcare premiums to be eligible, the authority said in a release. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Former Cleveland RTA board president George Dixon III hit with felony theft-in-office charge," 30 July 2019 So far, five UWM students are ready to begin nursing classes at MATC this fall, though there are more spots for other UWM students who want to enroll, Vrabec said. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lack of seats in nursing degree program at UWM no longer an obstacle for students with new MATC partnership," 3 July 2018 Brennand said the union learned from the pension plan, the Kern County Employee Retirement Association, that Judd wanted to enroll new workers in 401(k) plans. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "With court case looming, California unions pack state budget with labor goodies," 22 June 2018 Gres wants to enroll her 6-year-old son in a dual-language program in the fall, and the family was trying to get Flores' 16-year-old daughter into a summer program to learn English. Elvia Malagon, chicagotribune.com, "Central American mother, children from migrant caravan seeking refuge in Chicago," 12 June 2018 The lawsuit focuses on school supply costs and other fees charged to students and their families when the student wants to enroll in specific classes. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "Lawsuit asks Idaho schools to repay the student fees they charged your child | Idaho Statesman," 21 May 2018 Designated staff members at each school who can help English-language learners wanting to enroll. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Civil-rights complaint: Glendale school district refused to enroll Salvadoran refugee," 4 Apr. 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 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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