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enclose Line breaks: en|close
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈkləʊz/
(also inclose)

Definition of enclose in English:


[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.
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

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