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.
Origin of enfold
Related formsen·fold·er, nounen·fold·ment, noun
First recorded in 1585–95; en-1
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Related Words for enfoldswathe
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 magic of old Venice seemed at that moment to enfold her.
A melancholy, intense as had been his former ecstacy, began to enfold his spirit.
I sprang into her arms that opened to enfold me, and hid my face on her breast.
Only one spoke—she whose cloak had been snatched up to enfold the child.
British Dictionary definitions for enfold
Derived Formsenfolder or infolder, nounenfoldment or infoldment, noun
to cover by enclosing
to form with or as with folds
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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