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enfeoff

[en-fef, -feef]
verb (used with object)
  1. to invest with a freehold estate in land.
  2. to give as a fief.
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Origin of enfeoff

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 formsen·feoff·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for enfeoff

enfeoff

verb (tr)
  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
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Derived Formsenfeoffment, noun

Word Origin for enfeoff

C14: from Anglo-French enfeoffer; see fief
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