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ENCLOSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does enclose mean? 

ENCLOSE (verb)
  The verb ENCLOSE has 4 senses:

1. enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
2. close in or confine
3. surround completely
4. introduce

  Familiarity information: ENCLOSE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ENCLOSE (verb)


Sense 1enclose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

enwrap; envelop; enfold; enclose; wrap

Context example:

Fog enveloped the house

Hypernyms (to "enclose" is one way to...):

cover (provide with a covering or cause to be covered)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "enclose"):

cover; enshroud; hide; shroud (cover as if with a shroud)

bathe (suffuse with or as if with light)

cocoon (wrap in or as if in a cocoon, as for protection)

sheathe (enclose with a sheath)

engulf (flow over or cover completely)

involve (wrap)

capsulate; capsule; capsulise; capsulize (enclose in a capsule)

tube (place or enclose in a tube)

benight (envelop with social, intellectual, or moral darkness)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2enclose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Close in or confine

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

hold in; enclose; confine

Hypernyms (to "enclose" is one way to...):

bear; carry; contain; hold (contain or hold; have within)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "enclose"):

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)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 3enclose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Surround completely

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

shut in; inclose; close in; enclose

Context examples:

Darkness enclosed him / They closed in the porch with a fence

Hypernyms (to "enclose" is one way to...):

border; skirt; surround (extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "enclose"):

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)

dike; dyke (enclose with a dike)

bank (enclose with a bank)

glass; glass in (enclose with glass)

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)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4enclose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Introduce

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

put in; inclose; insert; stick in; introduce; enclose

Context example:

Insert your ticket here

Hypernyms (to "enclose" is one way to...):

lay; place; pose; position; put; set (put into a certain place or abstract location)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "enclose"):

inoculate (introduce a microorganism into)

inject; shoot (force or drive (a fluid or gas) into by piercing)

foist (insert surreptitiously or without warrant)

slip (insert inconspicuously or quickly or quietly)

feed; feed in (introduce continuously)

interlard; intersperse (introduce one's writing or speech with certain expressions)

cup (put into a cup)

catheterise; catheterize (insert a catheter into (a body part))

glass (put in a glass container)

inset (set or place in)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


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