Definition of enroll in English:


(British enrol)


  • 1Officially register as a member of an institution or a student on a course.

    ‘he enrolled in drama school’
    with object ‘the school enrolls approximately 1,000 students’
    ‘he enrolled in drama school’
    • ‘In general, the bookstore orders nine books for every ten students enrolled in a given course.’
    • ‘Currently, she said, there are about 300 students enrolled in these complementary courses.’
    • ‘If interested why not come along on Tuesday evening at 6.15 pm to The Women's Centre Main Street and enrol.’
    • ‘Twenty-five students had enrolled in the course.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The principal, Sean McCarthy, said adult education is an important sector, with over 13000 students now enrolled in courses.’
    • ‘Many students enroll in college unprepared for the rigors of higher education.’
    • ‘And he only started writing seriously after enrolling on a home study writers' course in 1996.’
    • ‘It is an excellent reference text for students enrolled in Independent Study courses.’
    • ‘More than 500 students have enrolled in the course, 385 have completed it, and 180 are in the process of finishing the course.’
    • ‘A total of 652 students have enrolled in college courses in agriculture, horticulture, horses and forestry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, with only eight students enrolled in the course, the increased workload was manageable.’
    • ‘Last year, the college had around 20,000 students enrolled on its courses.’
    • ‘Educational coordinator: Some clinical trials companies offer internships for students enrolled in clinical laboratory courses.’
    • ‘In the meantime, enroll in courses that can enhance your position at work.’
    • ‘This year, I received three Web-based assignments, from the 133 students enrolled in the course.’
    • ‘There's a community college in Long Beach that's well known for writing, so I enrolled and took solely writing and English classes.’
    • ‘More than 50 undergraduates are majoring in the subject and the department has at least 1,000 students enrolled in courses.’
    register, sign on, sign up, apply, volunteer, put one's name down, matriculate
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    1. 1.1with object Recruit (someone) to perform a service.
      ‘a campaign to enroll more foster families’
      • ‘The army organized youth work programmes to replace military service and to enrol young men into its ranks.’
      • ‘Therefore, it would have been necessary to enroll more patients in the trial to demonstrate the same result.’
      • ‘It has, in effect, enrolled the national courts as enforcers of Community law.’
      • ‘Organizers expect that it will take approximately one year to fully enroll volunteers into the study.’
      accept, admit, take on, register, sign on, sign up, matriculate, recruit, engage
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    2. 1.2Law historical with object Enter (a deed or other document) among the rolls of a court of justice.
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3archaic Write the name of (someone) on a list or register.
      • ‘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.’


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).