enclose

verb
en·​close | \ in-ˈklōz How to pronounce enclose (audio) , en-\
variants: or less commonly \ in-​ˈklōz How to pronounce inclose (audio) \
enclosed also inclosed; enclosing also inclosing; encloses also incloses

Definition of enclose

transitive verb

1a(1) : to close in : surround enclose a porch with glass
(2) : to fence off (common land) for individual use
b : to hold in : confine
2 : to include along with something else in a parcel or envelope a check is enclosed herewith

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enclose, envelop, and fence mean to surround something and close it off. enclose is used of putting up barriers (as walls) or a cover around something so as to give it protection or privacy. A high hedge encloses the garden. envelop is used of surrounding something completely by a soft layer or covering to hide or protect it. Clouds enveloped the peaks of the mountains. fence is used of surrounding something with or as if with a fence so that nothing may enter or leave. A stone wall fences in the yard.

Examples of enclose in a Sentence

The pie's flaky crust encloses a fruit filling. Enclose the fish in foil and bake. She enclosed a photo with the card. Please enclose a check with your application. Enclosed with this letter are the tickets you ordered.
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Recent Examples on the Web Plus, there’s nothing obstructing the views around and above you: the whole outdoor space is enclosed in 79 nine-foot-tall glass panels, each weighing in at 1,400 pounds and angled 6.6 degrees outward. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Brand New View of New York City, From 100 Floors Up, Is Opening Soon," 24 Oct. 2019 The phrase finds a perfect metaphor in this image: two women in a serrated setting, enclosed and elevated by the architecture surrounding them, the well and the women, both providing life and sustenance. Johnny Simon, Quartz, "The contradictory power of walls, in pictures," 2 Oct. 2019 This area could easily be enclosed to serve as an in-law apartment or accommodate an au pair. courant.com, "Property of the Week: 194 Woodpond Road, West Hartford," 16 Aug. 2019 The Sport Turismo’s hatch encloses a useful 18.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 Porsche Panamera: Fast, Furious and, Yes, a Station Wagon," 19 Dec. 2018 Sitting unassumingly on a city plaza, the spruce structure encloses a windowless cylinder of silence. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Helsinki holds its own among Nordic capitals," 18 Sep. 2018 Between the 16th century and the 19th most common land in England and Wales was enclosed and deeded to private owners. The Economist, "The alternatives to privatisation and nationalisation," 12 Sep. 2019 On Thursday, the motor home was enclosed by chain-link fencing covered in white tarps, and yellow police tape was draped along the vehicle’s door. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "Huntington Beach man accused of threatening mass shooting at Long Beach Marriott pleads not guilty," 22 Aug. 2019 The sky is often enclosed by a canopy of the giants. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "As crowds diminish, Prairie Creek Redwoods stands tall," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of enclose

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for enclose

Middle English, probably from enclos enclosed, from Anglo-French, past participle of enclore to enclose, from Vulgar Latin *inclaudere, alteration of Latin includere — more at include

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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of enclose was in the 14th century

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enclose

verb
How to pronounce enclose (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of enclose

: to surround (something)
: to put something around (something)
: to include (something) with a letter or in a package

enclose

verb
en·​close | \ in-ˈklōz How to pronounce enclose (audio) \
enclosed; enclosing

Kids Definition of enclose

1 : to close in : surround The porch is enclosed with glass.
2 : to hold in : confine He enclosed the animals in a pen.
3 : to put in the same package or envelope with something else

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