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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 preen close

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 preen close
enclose
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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