- An example of enclose is for a fence to be placed around a group of puppies to keep them together.
- An example of enclose is to add a receipt to a bag when you sell something.
transitive verb-·closed′, -·clos′ing
- to shut in all around; hem in; fence in; surround
- to insert in an envelope, wrapper, etc., often along with something else: to enclose a check with one's order
- to contain
Origin of encloseMiddle English enclosen, probably from enclos, an enclosure from OFr, origin, originally past participle of enclore, to enclose from Vulgar Latin an unverified form inclaudere, for Classical Latin includere, include
transitive verben·closed, en·clos·ing, en·clos·es, also in·closed or in·clos·ing or in·clos·es
- a. To surround on all sides; close in: a valley that is enclosed by rugged peaks.b. To fence in so as to prevent common use: enclosed the pasture.c. To build or equip with a roof and walls: enclosed the deck for winter use.
- To contain, especially so as to envelop or shelter: “Every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret” ( Charles Dickens )
- To insert into the same envelope or package: enclose a check with the order.
Origin of encloseMiddle English enclosen from Old French enclos past participle of enclore from Latin inclūdere ; see include .
(third-person singular simple present encloses, present participle enclosing, simple past and past participle enclosed)
[circa 1275] From Middle English inclosen, from Old French enclose, feminine plural past participle of enclore. Equivalent to in with close.