enclose

verb
en·​close | \ in-ˈklōz How to pronounce enclose (audio) , en- \
variants: or less commonly \ in-​ˈklōz How to pronounce enclose (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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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 Shrubs plus a white trellis wall enclose areas for lounging, eating or sitting around a fire pit. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Neighbors call $3.5M Birmingham home the 'fairy tale house'," 24 Apr. 2021 To cover small trees, enclose them in netting with holes smaller than a centimeter. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, "Brood X is almost here. Billions of cicadas to emerge in eastern US," 16 Apr. 2021 These ingredients have been blended to form a powder and vegetable-cellulose capsules have been used to enclose it. Daily Health Reports, Chron, "Meticore Reviews (2021 Updated) Diet Pills Supplement with Real Ingredients or Side Effects?," 4 Feb. 2021 Now enclose it, give it 26-foot-high ceilings, 1,000-square-foot windows, in-room telescopes, swinging chairs, plush linens and towels, colorful murals, and deck hammocks. Jacqueline Kehoe, Travel + Leisure, "These Luxury Domes Are Perfect for Stargazing, Outdoor Adventures, and Romantic Getaways — and They're Near 2 Popular National Parks," 24 Mar. 2021 Also in the state, Yathong Nature Reserve will soon enclose nearly 155 square miles of critical habitat. Anthony Ham, Smithsonian Magazine, "Australia’s Cats Kill Two Billion Animals Annually. Here’s How the Government Is Responding to the Crisis," 17 Mar. 2021 Start with the furnishings, but if all else fails, enclose the kitchen. Washington Post, Star Tribune, "How to make the most of open floor plans," 19 Feb. 2021 These doors, which completely enclose the platform and open only when the train has completely stopped at the station, would protect passengers from airborne pollution and also prevent people from jumping or falling onto the tracks. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Maybe You Should’ve Been Wearing a Mask in the Subway All Along," 16 Feb. 2021 Those steel rims are wrapped into the edge of the aluminum and crimped to enclose. New York Times, "The (Surprising) Rise of the Sheet Pan," 23 Feb. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Enclose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enclose. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for enclose

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

Choose the Right Synonym for enclose

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.

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