[ en-klohz ]
/ ɛnˈkloʊz /

verb (used with object), en·closed, en·clos·ing.

to shut or hem in; close in on all sides: a valley enclosed by tall mountains.
to surround, as with a fence or wall: to enclose land.
to insert in the same envelope, package, or the like: He enclosed a check. A book was sent with the bill enclosed.
to hold or contain: His letter enclosed a check.
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 of enclose

First recorded in 1275–1325, enclose is from the Middle English word en-, inclosen. See in-1, close


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/ (ɪnˈkləʊz) /

verb (tr)

to close; hem in; surround
to surround (land) with or as if with a fence
to put in an envelope or wrapper, esp together with a letter
to contain or hold

Derived forms of enclose

enclosable or inclosable, adjectiveencloser or incloser, noun
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