enclose




To enclose something is to surround it or cover it up. An envelope encloses a letter.

To enclose is to put something inside something else. A crowd of people could enclose a celebrity, or a wall might enclose a garden. In Edgar Allan Poe’s story “Masque of the Red Death,” the Prince encloses his party guests inside the castle walls (along with the Red Death). (Oops!) A box might enclose a present. If you enclose something with a letter, you’re putting it in the envelope, too.

Definitions of enclose
  1. verb

    surround completely

    “Darkness
    enclosed him”
    synonyms:
    close in, inclose, shut in
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    insert, tuck

    fit snugly into
    wall in, wall up

    enclose with a wall
    bower, embower

    enclose in a bower
    enshrine, shrine

    enclose in a shrine
    case, encase, incase

    enclose in, or as if in, a case
    bury, eat up, immerse, swallow, swallow up

    enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing
    border, frame, frame in

    enclose in or as if in a frame
    glass, glass in

    enclose with glass
    bank

    enclose with a bank
    dike, dyke

    enclose with a dike
    encapsulate

    enclose in a capsule or other small container
    fence, fence in

    enclose with a fence
    cordon off, rope in, rope off

    divide by means of a rope
    casket

    enclose in a casket
    corral

    enclose in a corral
    fort, fortify

    enclose by or as if by a fortification
    hedge, hedge in

    enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges
    brick in, brick over, brick up

    wall up with brick
    pack

    arrange in a container
    box, package

    put into a box
    sack

    put in a sack
    crate

    put into a crate; as for protection
    trench

    fortify by surrounding with trenches
    embattle

    fortify by furnishing with battlements for defense
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    border, environ, ring, skirt, surround

    extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle

  2. verb

    close in

    synonyms:
    confine, hold in
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    border, bound

    form the boundary of; be contiguous to
    embank

    enclose with banks, as for support or protection
    rail, rail in

    enclose with rails
    box in, box up

    enclose or confine as if in a box
    frame

    enclose in a frame, as of a picture
    skirt

    form the edge of
    verge

    border on; come close to
    shore

    serve as a shore to
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    bear, carry, contain, hold

    contain or hold; have within

  3. verb

    enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering

    synonyms:
    enfold, envelop, enwrap, wrap
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    benight

    envelop with social, intellectual, or moral darkness
    tube

    place or enclose in a tube
    capsulate, capsule, capsulise, capsulize

    enclose in a capsule
    engulf

    flow over or cover completely
    sheathe

    enclose with a sheath
    cocoon

    wrap in or as if in a cocoon, as for protection
    bathe

    suffuse with or as if with light
    cover, enshroud, hide, shroud

    cover as if with a shroud
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    cover

    provide with a covering or cause to be covered

  4. verb

    introduce

    synonyms:
    inclose, insert, introduce, put in, stick in
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    plug

    insert as a plug
    plug

    insert a plug into
    inoculate

    introduce a microorganism into
    inset

    set or place in
    glass

    put in a glass container
    catheterise, catheterize

    insert a catheter into (a body part)
    cup

    put into a cup
    interlard, intersperse

    introduce one’s writing or speech with certain expressions
    feed, feed in

    introduce continuously
    slip

    insert inconspicuously or quickly or quietly
    foist

    insert surreptitiously or without warrant
    inject, shoot

    force or drive (a fluid or gas) into by piercing
    seed

    inoculate with microorganisms
    interleave

    intersperse alternately, as of protective covers for book illustrations
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    lay, place, pose, position, put, set

    put into a certain place or abstract location

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