also inclose transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, probably from enclos enclosed, from Anglo-French, past participle of enclore to enclose, from Vulgar Latin *inclaudere, alteration of Latin includere — more at include Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) to close in ; surround <
enclose a porch with glass
(2) to fence off (common land) for individual use b. to hold in ; confine 2. to include along with something else in a parcel or envelope <
a check is enclosed herewith

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • enclose — vb Enclose, envelop, fence, pen, coop, corral, cage, wall mean to surround so as to shut in or confine actually or apparently. Enclose implies a shutting in by barriers (as walls) or in an enveloping cover (as a case); the term may be used… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • enclose — [en klōz′, inklōz′] vt. enclosed, enclosing [ME enclosen, prob. < enclos, an enclosure < OFr, orig. pp. of enclore, to enclose < VL * inclaudere, for L includere, INCLUDE] 1. to shut in all around; hem in; fence in; surround 2. to insert …   English World dictionary

  • Enclose — En*close , v. t. [F. enclos, p. p. of enclore to enclose; pref. en (L. in) + clore to close. See {Close}, and cf. {Inclose}, {Include}.] To inclose. See {Inclose}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • enclose — I verb blockade, bound, bracket, capture, cingere, circumscribe, circumvallate, close in, compass, confine, contain, embrace, encase, encincture, encircle, encompass, enfold, envelop, environ, fence in, gird, girdle, hem in, immure, impound,… …   Law dictionary

  • enclose — UK US /ɪnˈkləʊz/ verb [T] ► COMMUNICATIONS to include something inside a letter or parcel: »Apply in writing, enclosing a current CV, to the address below. »Please find enclosed an application form and information about the company …   Financial and business terms

  • enclose — early 14c., from EN (Cf. en ) (1) + CLOSE (Cf. close), and partially from O.Fr. enclos, pp. of enclore. Specific sense of to fence in waste or common ground for the purpose of cultivation or to give it to private owners, is from c.1500. Meaning… …   Etymology dictionary

  • enclose — is the correct form for the word meaning ‘to close in, include, etc.’, not inclose …   Modern English usage

  • enclose — [v] put inside, surround blockade, block off, bound, box up, cage, circle, circumscribe, close in, confine, coop, corral, cover, encase, encircle, encompass, enfold, enshroud, environ, fence, fence off*, hedge, hem in*, imbue, immure, implant,… …   New thesaurus

  • enclose — (also inclose) ► VERB 1) surround or close off on all sides. 2) place in an envelope together with a letter. ORIGIN Old French enclore, from Latin includere shut in …   English terms dictionary

  • enclose */ — UK [ɪnˈkləʊz] / US [ɪnˈkloʊz] verb [transitive] Word forms enclose : present tense I/you/we/they enclose he/she/it encloses present participle enclosing past tense enclosed past participle enclosed 1) to surround someone or something Her arms… …   English dictionary

  • enclose — Inclose In*close , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inclosed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inclosing}.] [See {Enclose}, and cf. {Include}.] [Written also {enclose}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To surround; to shut in; to confine on all sides; to include; to shut up; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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