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Princeton's WordNet

  1. envelop, enfold, enwrap, wrap, encloseverb

    enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering

    "Fog enveloped the house"

  2. enclose, hold in, confineverb

    close in; darkness enclosed him"

  3. enclose, close in, inclose, shut inverb

    surround completely

    "Darkness enclosed him"; "They closed in the porch with a fence"

  4. insert, enclose, inclose, stick in, put in, introduceverb


    "Insert your ticket here"


  1. encloseverb

    To surround with a wall, fence, &c.

  2. encloseverb

    To insert into a container, usually an envelope or package.

  3. encloseverb

    To hold or contain.

  4. Etymology: From inclosen, from enclose, feminine plural past participle of enclore. Equivalent to in with close.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Encloseverb

    Etymology: enclos, French.

    The protector caused a proclamation to be set forth against enclosures, commanding that they who had enclosed lands, accustomed to lie open, should lay them open again. John Hayward.

    As much land as a man tills, and can use the product of, so much he by his labour encloses from the common. John Locke.

    For enclosing of land, the usual way is with a bank set with quick. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    The fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their enclosings. Ex. xxviii. 20.

    The peer now spreads the glitt’ring forfex wide,
    T’ enclose the lock; now joins it, to divide. Alexander Pope.


  1. enclose

    Enclose is a verb that means to surround or close off on all sides. This can refer to entirely containing or confining something within a physical or abstract boundary, such as within walls, a container, a space, or within a letter or document.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Encloseverb

    to inclose. See Inclose

  2. Etymology: [F. enclos, p. p. of enclore to enclose; pref. en- (L. in) + clore to close. See Close, and cf. Inclose, Include.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Enclose

    en-klōz′, Inclose, in-, v.t. to close or shut in: to confine: to surround: to put in a case, as a letter in an envelope, &c.: to fence, esp. used of waste land.—ns. Enclos′er; Enclos′ure, the act of enclosing: state of being enclosed: that which is enclosed: a space fenced off: that which encloses: a barrier. [Fr.,—L. includĕre, inclusumin, in, claudĕre, to shut.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'enclose' in Verbs Frequency: #854

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of enclose in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of enclose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of enclose in a Sentence

  1. Pope Francis:

    The humble are those who are concerned not simply with the past but also with the future, since they know how to look ahead, to spread their branches, remembering the past with gratitude, the proud, on the other hand, simply repeat, grow rigid and enclose themselves in that repetition, feeling certain about what they know and fearful of anything new because they cannot control it.

  2. Architect Carson Arthur:

    When you enclose a small space even more, you play up its coziness and make it intimate, something that’s hard to achieve with large spaces, this also takes it to the next level of feeling like an outdoor room.

  3. Deshawn Yeldell:

    When I pray to God for help, honestly believing God will help me whether the problem has been fixed or not, I truly accept what the almighty has done for me, knowing it will be for the best, oh, my faithfulness is overflowed with faith and my faith has faith within all of my good deeds in a naughty world; that is faith enclose in faith. -MillYentei

  4. One England fan:

    This is a bunch of good fans having a good time. What's happening is the police are trying to enclose people, it's not hooliganism at all, it's just a bunch of guys having a good time, having a good drink, that's it.

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  • обграждам, прилагам, съдържам, заграждамBulgarian
  • uzavřítCzech
  • paketoida, kääriä, purkittaa, ympäröidä, sisältääFinnish
  • cuairtichScottish Gaelic
  • elkerít, becsomagol, tartalmaz, bekerítHungarian
  • cintareItalian
  • taiepaMāori
  • omheinenDutch
  • огражда́ть, вкла́дывать, вложи́ть, загради́ть, приложи́ть, прилага́ть, содержа́ть, загражда́ть, огради́тьRussian
  • bifoga, innesluta, innehålla, omringaSwedish

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