enclose

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

Etymology[edit]

Attested since about 1275. From Middle English inclosen, from Old French enclose, feminine plural past participle of enclore. Equivalent to in with close.

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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.
  2. (transitive) To insert into a container, usually an envelope or package.
  3. (intransitive) To hold or contain.

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  1. ^ Google Books Ngram Data