Definition of enclose in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈkləʊz/
Pronunciation: /ɛnˈkləʊz/
(also inclose)


[with object]
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, encompass, encircle, circumscribe, border, bound, edge, skirt, fringe, hem, line, flank;
confine, close in, shut in, fence in, wall in, hedge in, hem in, lock in, lock up, cut off
literary gird, girdle, engird
1.1 historical Fence in (common land) so as to make it private property: the open fields in the parish were enclosed in 1808
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  • 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: a Mother Superior in an enclosed order
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  • The Order was strict and enclosed in the early years.
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, enfold;
3 (enclose something in/within) Place an object inside (a container): the lamp was enclosed in a frosted glass globe
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  • 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.


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 enclose

appose, 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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