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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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 Middle/high school As of July 12, the exterior of the new middle school addition is almost fully enclosed. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Improvements at Brown Deer Schools are nearing completion and should be done by late August," 17 July 2019 Almost four acres of grounds are enclosed in an iron fence, landscaped like a park with koi ponds, structures and thousands of plants. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Kresge mansion, one of Detroit's largest, is about to hit the market," 8 June 2019 The 1,773-square-foot all-white residence features an airy open living and dining area surrounded by glass walls, but the kitchen and two bedrooms are more enclosed. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "‘Livable version’ of Philip Johnson’s Glass House hits the market," 13 Sep. 2018 The individual bathroom stalls at Rising Hill Elementary and Northview Elementary in the North Kansas City School District two new elementary schools are enclosed with floor-to-ceiling walls and lockable doors, the Kansas City Star reported. Fox News, "Missouri school district embraces gender-neutral bathrooms," 19 Aug. 2018 Also planned is a perimeter fence with a locking gate to enclose the depot when buses aren’t running between 11:15 p.m. and 5 a.m., preventing overnight stays. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Fence planned for Newport Beach bus station as residents’ frustration about homelessness grows," 22 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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enclose

verb

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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