Definition of enrol in English:


(US enroll)


  • 1[no object] Officially register as a member of an institution or a student on a course:

    ‘he enrolled in drama school’
    [with object] ‘all entrants will be enrolled on new-style courses’
    • ‘And he only started writing seriously after enrolling on a home study writers' course in 1996.’
    • ‘There's a community college in Long Beach that's well known for writing, so I enrolled and took solely writing and English classes.’
    • ‘It is an excellent reference text for students enrolled in Independent Study courses.’
    • ‘In general, the bookstore orders nine books for every ten students enrolled in a given course.’
    • ‘A total of 652 students have enrolled in college courses in agriculture, horticulture, horses and forestry.’
    • ‘Educational coordinator: Some clinical trials companies offer internships for students enrolled in clinical laboratory courses.’
    • ‘However, with only eight students enrolled in the course, the increased workload was manageable.’
    • ‘Many students enroll in college unprepared for the rigors of higher education.’
    • ‘This year, I received three Web-based assignments, from the 133 students enrolled in the course.’
    • ‘More than 50 undergraduates are majoring in the subject and the department has at least 1,000 students enrolled in courses.’
    • ‘The number of foreign students enrolled in institutions of higher education in the United States continues to grow at the undergraduate as well as at the graduate level.’
    • ‘More than 500 students have enrolled in the course, 385 have completed it, and 180 are in the process of finishing the course.’
    • ‘If interested why not come along on Tuesday evening at 6.15 pm to The Women's Centre Main Street and enrol.’
    • ‘The principal, Sean McCarthy, said adult education is an important sector, with over 13000 students now enrolled in courses.’
    • ‘Currently, she said, there are about 300 students enrolled in these complementary courses.’
    • ‘The target population included students enrolled in undergraduate courses during the Spring 2002 semester.’
    • ‘According to Italian rules at the time, all patients had to give verbal informed consent before being enrolled into each of the studies.’
    • ‘Twenty-five students had enrolled in the course.’
    • ‘In the meantime, enroll in courses that can enhance your position at work.’
    • ‘Last year, the college had around 20,000 students enrolled on its courses.’
    register, sign on, sign up, apply, volunteer, put one's name down, matriculate
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    1. 1.1[with object] Recruit (someone) to perform a service:
      ‘a campaign to enrol more foster carers’
      • ‘Organizers expect that it will take approximately one year to fully enroll volunteers into the study.’
      • ‘Therefore, it would have been necessary to enroll more patients in the trial to demonstrate the same result.’
      • ‘The army organized youth work programmes to replace military service and to enrol young men into its ranks.’
      • ‘It has, in effect, enrolled the national courts as enforcers of Community law.’
      accept, admit, take on, register, sign on, sign up, matriculate, recruit, engage
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    2. 1.2archaic Write the name of (someone) on a list or register:
      ‘our Seamen and their numbers were carefully enrolled’
      • ‘On the last day today, the election officials had a tough time handling the last-minute crowd that turned up to get their names either enrolled or rectify mistakes in the rolls.’
  • 2Law
    historical [with object] Enter (a deed or other document) among the rolls of a court of justice:

    ‘the endowment of religious houses cannot be measured simply by the licences enrolled in chancery’
    • ‘And it was financially sensible to have deeds and other documents enrolled at a time when the customary fees for this service would go towards one's own salary.’


Late Middle English (formerly also as inroll): from Old French enroller, from en- in + rolle a roll (names being originally written on a roll of parchment).