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.

Nearby words

  1. enfilade,
  2. enfin,
  3. enflame,
  4. enfleurage,
  5. enflurane,
  6. enforce,
  7. enforceable,
  8. enforcement,
  9. enforcer,
  10. enfranchise

Also infold.

Origin of enfold

First recorded in 1585–95; en-1 + fold1

Related formsen·fold·er, nounen·fold·ment, noun

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verb (tr)

to cover by enclosing
to embrace
to form with or as with folds
Derived Formsenfolder or infolder, nounenfoldment or infoldment, noun

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Word Origin and History for enfold



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

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