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  • inclose (was as common as or more common than enclose until the early 1800s, is now uncommon)

Etymology edit

From Middle English enclosen, inclosen, from Middle English enclos, from Old French enclose, feminine plural past participle of enclore, from Vulgar Latin *inclaudō, *inclaudere, from Latin inclūdō (doublet of include), from in- (in) + claudō (to shut), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *kleh₂u- (key, hook, nail). Equivalent to en- +‎ close.

Pronunciation edit

  • (Canada) IPA(key): /ənˈkloʊz/
  • (file)
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪnˈkləʊz/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪnˈkloʊz/
  • Rhymes: -əʊz

Verb edit

enclose (third-person singular simple present encloses, present participle enclosing, simple past and past participle enclosed)

  1. (transitive) To surround with a wall, fence, etc.
    to enclose lands
  2. (transitive) To insert into a container, usually an envelope or package.
    Please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope if you require a reply.

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