(also dated inclose)
1Surround or close off on all sides: the entire estate was enclosed with walls (as adjective enclosed) a dark enclosed space
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- The spaces in between are enclosed with glass, making two internal courtyards.
- The back of the truck was open, but the sides were enclosed with splintery, yellow wood.
- The open space around the blocks of flats was divided into semi-private areas that were enclosed with railings and gates.
surround, circle, ring, girdle, encompass, encircle;
confine, close in, shut in, corral, fence in, wall in, hedge in, hem in
literary gird, engirdle
1.1 historical Fence in (common land) so as to make it private property.
- Landowners in Winterbourne Monkton had an Act of Parliament passed in 1813 to enable them to enclose common land in the parish.
- Soon after growth accelerated when the common was enclosed and plots of land were sold off.
- Most of the land was enclosed for agriculture use.
1.2 (usually as adjective enclosed) Seclude (a religious order or other community) from the outside world.
- The Order was strict and enclosed in the early years.
1.3chiefly Mathematics Bound on all sides; contain.
- Water the plants, then enclose containers in plastic bags to keep the humidity high.
- In the early 1960s, for example, he began making constructions in which fluids are enclosed in plastic containers.
- In this experiment the whole plants were enclosed in the gas-tight acrylic containers.
2Place (something) in an envelope together with a letter: I enclose a copy of the job description
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- I wrote her a letter, enclosing a self-addressed envelope for her convenience.
- It is enclosed in a sealed envelope along with this letter.
- Meanwhile I enclose copies of two letters from the estate agent both dated 14 January 2000 for your information.
include, insert, put in;
Middle English (in the sense 'shut in, imprison'): from Old French enclos, past participle of enclore, based on Latin includere 'shut in'.
Words that rhyme with encloseappose, arose, Bose, brose, chose, close, compose, diagnose, self-diagnose, doze, expose, foreclose, froze, hose, impose, interpose, juxtapose, Montrose, noes, nose, oppose, plainclothes, pose, propose, prose, rose, suppose, those, transpose, underexpose, uprose
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