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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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  • But until completed, the wall would protect nobody, because there would be no land enclosed by a wall.
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  • Old green wallpaper darkened and enclosed an already tight area.
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  • With the article, he enclosed a drawing of the carriage, which was published by the editor.
British Dictionary definitions for enclosed


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
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Word Origin and History for enclosed



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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