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[en-rohl] /ɛnˈroʊl/
verb (used with object)
to write the name of (a person) in a roll or register; place upon a list; register:
It took two days to enroll the new students.
to enlist (oneself).
to put in a record; record:
to enroll the minutes of a meeting; to enroll the great events of history.
to roll or wrap up:
fruit enrolled in tissue paper.
Nautical. to document (a U.S. vessel) by issuing a certificate of enrollment.
verb (used without object)
to enroll oneself:
He enrolled in college last week.
Origin of enroll
1300-50; Middle English enrollen < Old French enroller. See en-1, roll
Related forms
enroller, noun
preenroll, verb
reenroll, verb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for enroll
  • The basic problem is that colleges receive government money based largely on how many students they enroll.
  • Having more online courses available does not guarantee that students will chose to enroll in them.
  • The creativity of migrants is enhanced by their ability to enroll collaborators both far-off and nearby.
  • Imagine going to the first meeting of a course you'd long waited to enroll in.
  • In case it wasn't clear, some students enroll in college but are not quite ready for college-level math.
  • The yield is the percentage of applicants offered admission by a college who have committed to enroll.
  • Although almost all of its children enroll in primary education, fewer than two-thirds make it to secondary school.
  • Because he had taken lots of college courses as a high school student, he was able to enroll as a sophomore.
  • Parents struggle with paperwork to enroll their children in school while simultaneously attempting to locate housing.
  • So, expect that more students will have had extensive positive quality online experiences before they enroll in higher education.
British Dictionary definitions for enroll


verb (mainly transitive) -rols (US) -rolls, -rolling, -rolled
to record or note in a roll or list
(also intransitive) to become or cause to become a member; enlist; register
to put on record; record
(rare) to roll or wrap up
Derived Forms
enrollee, noun
enroller, noun
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Word Origin and History for enroll

mid-14c., from Old French enroller "record in a register" (13c., Modern French enrôler), from en- "make, put in" (see en- (1)) + rolle (see roll (n.)). Related: Enrolled; enrolling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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