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enfold

[en-fohld] /ɛnˈfoʊld/
verb (used with object)
1.
to wrap up; envelop:
to enfold someone in a cloak.
2.
to surround as if with folds:
He wished to enfold her in the warmth of his love. What happened is enfolded in mystery.
3.
to hug or clasp; embrace:
She enfolded him in her arms.
4.
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
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; en-1 + fold1
Related forms
enfolder, noun
enfoldment, noun
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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

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  • 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

enfold

/ɪnˈfəʊld/
verb (transitive)
1.
to cover by enclosing
2.
to embrace
3.
to form with or as with folds
Derived Forms
enfolder, infolder, noun
enfoldment, infoldment, noun
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Word Origin and History for enfold
v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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