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[en-klohz] /ɛnˈkloʊz/
verb (used with object), enclosed, enclosing.
to shut or hem in; close in on all sides:
a valley enclosed by tall mountains.
to surround, as with a fence or wall:
to enclose land.
to insert in the same envelope, package, or the like:
He enclosed a check. A book was sent with the bill enclosed.
to hold or contain:
His letter enclosed a check.
Roman Catholic Church.
  1. to restrict to the enclosure of a monastery or convent.
  2. (of a monastery, convent, church, etc.) to establish or fix the boundary of an enclosure.
Also, inclose.
Origin of enclose
1275-1325; Middle English en-, inclosen. See in-1, close
Related forms
enclosable, adjective
encloser, noun
preenclose, verb (used with object), preenclosed, preenclosing.
reenclose, verb (used with object), reenclosed, reenclosing.
self-enclosed, adjective
unenclosed, adjective
1, 2. encircle, encompass, ring, girdle. Unabridged
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  • The sandstone and marl cliffs which enclose it become gradually lower as one goes downward.

    The Argentine Republic Pierre Denis
  • I enclose a postal-order for sixpence, to see you through the rest of the term.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • I'll enclose you the list of the distinguished company now here, and you 'll pick out any to whom you can present me.

  • I enclose you copies of letters which I am sure will afford you much pleasure.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • Make good pie crust—roll it out about two-thirds of an inch thick, cut it into pieces just large enough to enclose one apple.

  • As we lifted up the wagon, the box was elevated so as to enclose the instrument.

    Field and Forest Oliver Optic
  • I enclose a letter from your sister, pleading with me to urge you to visit them this winter.

    Cavanagh: Forest Ranger Hamlin Garland
  • Tell me of the land you hope to enclose from the forest—what manner of trees grow on it?'

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • If you can enclose any other evidence it will be of the greatest value, Tom wrote, also, by way of stronger hint.

    The Motor Boat Club in Florida H. Irving Hancock
British Dictionary definitions for enclose


verb (transitive)
to close; hem in; surround
to surround (land) with or as if with a fence
to put in an envelope or wrapper, esp together with a letter
to contain or hold
Derived Forms
enclosable, inclosable, adjective
encloser, incloser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for enclose

early 14c., from en- (1) + close, and partially from Old French enclos, past participle of enclore.

Specific sense of "to fence in waste or common ground" for the purpose of cultivation or to give it to private owners, is from c.1500. Meaning "place a document with a letter for transmission" is from 1707. Related: Enclosed; enclosing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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