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[en-fohld] /ɛnˈfoʊld/
verb (used with object)
to wrap up; envelop:
to enfold someone in a cloak.
to surround as if with folds:
He wished to enfold her in the warmth of his love. What happened is enfolded in mystery.
to hug or clasp; embrace:
She enfolded him in her arms.
to form into a fold or folds:
The material of the skirt had been enfolded to form a loose, graceful drape.
Also, infold.
Origin of enfold
First recorded in 1585-95; en-1 + fold1
Related forms
enfolder, noun
enfoldment, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for enfold
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  • "Do you wrap this about you," I urged her, and with my own hands I assisted to enfold her in that mantle.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • The magic of old Venice seemed at that moment to enfold her.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • A melancholy, intense as had been his former ecstacy, began to enfold his spirit.

    The Dragon Painter

    Mary McNeil Fenollosa
  • I sprang into her arms that opened to enfold me, and hid my face on her breast.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • Only one spoke—she whose cloak had been snatched up to enfold the child.

  • Again he sought to stay her going, holding out his arms to enfold her.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned

    Ford Madox Ford
  • He yearned to enfold all tribes and conditions of men in his encircling arms.

    The Wit of Women

    Kate Sanborn
  • She could embrace it in her love, but hers was too large for its little arms to enfold.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • Sir Francis rose and attempted to enfold her in his embrace.

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
  • She was weary and spent; a measureless exhaustion seemed to enfold her.

    The Story Of Julia Page Kathleen Norris
British Dictionary definitions for enfold


verb (transitive)
to cover by enclosing
to embrace
to form with or as with folds
Derived Forms
enfolder, infolder, noun
enfoldment, infoldment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for enfold

also infold, early 15c., from en- (1) "make, put in" + fold. Related: Enfolded; enfolding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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