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enclose

[en-klohz] /ɛnˈkloʊz/
verb (used with object), enclosed, enclosing.
1.
to shut or hem in; close in on all sides:
a valley enclosed by tall mountains.
2.
to surround, as with a fence or wall:
to enclose land.
3.
to insert in the same envelope, package, or the like:
He enclosed a check. A book was sent with the bill enclosed.
4.
to hold or contain:
His letter enclosed a check.
5.
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
1275-1325
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
Synonyms
1, 2. encircle, encompass, ring, girdle.
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British Dictionary definitions for pre-enclose

enclose

/ɪnˈkləʊz/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
enclosable, inclosable, adjective
encloser, incloser, noun
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Word Origin and History for pre-enclose

enclose

v.

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.

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