from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To surround on all sides; close in.
  • transitive v. To fence in so as to prevent common use: enclosed the pasture.
  • transitive v. To contain, especially so as to envelop or shelter: "Every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret” ( Charles Dickens).
  • transitive v. To insert into the same envelope or package: enclose a check with the order.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To surround with a wall, fence, etc.
  • v. To insert into a container, usually an envelope or package.
  • v. To hold or contain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To inclose. See inclose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See inclose, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. surround completely
  • v. introduce
  • v. close in
  • v. enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering


Middle English enclosen, from Old French enclos, past participle of enclore, from Latin inclūdere, to enclose; see include.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
[circa 1275] From Middle English inclosen, from Old French enclose, feminine plural past participle of enclore. Equivalent to in with close. (Wiktionary)


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