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.
to restrict to the enclosure of a monastery or convent.
(of a monastery, convent, church, etc.) to establish or fix the boundary of an enclosure.
Also, inclose.

1275–1325; Middle English en-, inclosen. See in-1, close

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.
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enclose or inclose (ɪnˈkləʊz)
1.  to close; hem in; surround
2.  to surround (land) with or as if with a fence
3.  to put in an envelope or wrapper, esp together with a letter
4.  to contain or hold
inclose or inclose
en'closable or inclose
in'closable or inclose
en'closer or inclose
in'closer or inclose

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from en- + close (v.). 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.
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Example sentences
The four-story buildings surround and enclose the site.
Huge pots of lavender, their iridescent violet flowers reaching skyward,
  enclose a bench perfect for writing.
Continue to roll and enclose each filling as neatly as possible.
Get there early for a great spot by the caves that enclose this beach.
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