en·​close | \in-ˈklōz, en-\
variants: or less commonly \ in-​ˈklōz \
enclosed also inclosed; enclosing also inclosing; encloses also incloses

Definition of enclose 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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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Then fold the open side over to enclose mixture entirely, and fold up tapered bottom end, leaving top open. Amanda Garrity, Woman's Day, "Strawberry Tamales," 11 June 2018 Smoking has been prohibited in Milwaukee's enclosed public spaces since 2010. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ban on e-cigarettes in Milwaukee takes effect -- what you need to know," 10 July 2018 Rainbow also will spend $18 million to fully enclose the trash facility and install a ventilation and filtration system to help reduce noise and odors. Priscella Vega, latimes.com, "Demolition clears way for new multipurpose room at H.B.'s Oak View Elementary School," 5 July 2018 Nameless Barbecue Exposed brick walls enclose a casual dining room furnished in picnic table style at the 56 S. 9th St. spot in downtown Noblesville. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "18 new restaurants in Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield and Indianapolis' north side," 27 June 2018 Use your fingers to fold the round into a half moon shape; crimp the edges together to completely enclose the filling. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Warm cheese meets fresh herbs in a happy springtime marriage," 19 June 2018 It is entirely enclosed, without a drop of fresh air seeping into its midst, contained under metal domes. Leslie Kendall Dye, Longreads, "City on a Hill," 23 June 2018 Wood accents and walnut floors warm the board-form concrete surfaces, soaring walls of glass and modular shapes that enclose the three stories that make up nearly 14,000 square feet of living space. Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "Home of the Week: Pacific Palisades estate raises the bar for California living," 19 May 2018 This summer, plans call for expanding Maine South’s cafeteria by enclosing the outdoor patio area between the lunchroom and the rear hallway. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "District 207 school board approves $145K purchase of new cafeteria seating," 14 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of enclose

: to surround (something)

: to put something around (something)

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


en·​close | \in-ˈklōz \
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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