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.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: enclose

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v
surround completely
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v
introduce
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: enclose
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v 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
Type of:
border, environ, ring, skirt, surround
extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle

v close in; darkness enclosed him"

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
Type of:
bear, carry, contain, hold
contain or hold; have within

v 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
Type of:
cover
provide with a covering or cause to be covered
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v 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
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location
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