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 formsen·fold·er, nounen·fold·ment, noun
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Examples from the Web for enfold

Historical Examples of enfold

  • "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.

British Dictionary definitions for enfold



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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