enclose[en klōz′, in-]
- To enclose is defined as to surround, or to include inside of something.
- 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 verbenclosed, enclosing
- 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 Old French 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)