- 1[usually passive] enclose something (in/with something) to build a wall, fence, etc. around something The yard had been enclosed with iron railings. The land was enclosed in the seventeenth century (= in Britain, when public land was made private property). (figurative) All translated words should be enclosed in brackets.
- 2enclose something (especially of a wall, fence, etc.) to surround something Low hedges enclosed the flower beds. (figurative) She felt his arms enclose her.
- 3enclose something (with something) to put something in the same envelope, package, etc. as something else Please return the completed form, enclosing a recent photograph. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘shut in, imprison’): from Old French enclos, past participle of enclore, based on Latin includere
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkləʊz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkloʊz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they enclose
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkləʊz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkloʊz//he / she / it encloses
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkləʊzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkloʊzɪz//past simple enclosed
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkləʊzd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkloʊzd//past participle enclosed
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkləʊzd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkloʊzd//-ing form enclosing
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkləʊzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkloʊzɪŋ//