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enfeoff

[en-fef, -feef] /ɛnˈfɛf, -ˈfif/
verb (used with object)
1.
to invest with a freehold estate in land.
2.
to give as a fief.
Origin of enfeoff
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English enfe(o)ffen < Anglo-French enfe(o)ffer, equivalent to en- en-1 + Old French fiefer, fiever, derivative of fief fief
Related forms
enfeoffment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for enfeoffment

enfeoff

/ɪnˈfiːf/
verb (transitive)
1.
(property law) to invest (a person) with possession of a freehold estate in land
2.
(in feudal society) to take (someone) into vassalage by giving a fee or fief in return for certain services
Derived Forms
enfeoffment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French enfeoffer; see fief
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