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enclose definition


This page has two definitions of enclose in English. Enclose is a verb. Examples of how to use enclose in a sentence are shown. Also define these 8 related words and terms: surround, wall, fence, insert, container, envelope, package, and //books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=enclose,inclose,encloser,incloser,enclosure,inclosure&year start=1650&year end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct url=t1;,enclose;,c0;.t1;,inclose;,c0;.t1;,encloser;,c0;.t1;,incloser;,c0;.t1;,enclosure;,c0;.t1;,inclosure;,c0.


Alternative forms

  • inclose (was as common as or more common than enclose until the early 1800s, is now uncommon)


From Middle English enclosen, inclosen, from Middle English enclos, from Old French enclose, feminine plural past participle of enclore, from Vulgar Latin *inclaudō, *inclaudere, from Latin inclūdō (doublet of include). Equivalent to en- +‎ close.



enclose (third-person singular simple present encloses, present participle enclosing, simple past and past participle enclosed)

  1. (transitive) to surround with a wall, fence, etc.
    to enclose lands
    • Fence definition
      A thin artificial barrier that separates two pieces of land or a house perimeter. (1 of 8 fence definitions)
  2. (transitive) to insert into a container, usually an envelope or package
    Please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope if you require a reply.
    • Insert definition
      To put in between or into.
    • Envelope definition
      A paper or cardboard wrapper used to enclose small, flat items, especially letters, for mailing. (1 of 11 envelope definitions)

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  1. ^ Google Books Ngram Data
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