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[en-fef, -feef] /ɛnˈfɛf, -ˈfif/
verb (used with object)
to invest with a freehold estate in land.
to give as a fief.
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
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verb (transitive)
(property law) to invest (a person) with possession of a freehold estate in land
(in feudal society) to take (someone) into vassalage by giving a fee or fief in return for certain services
Derived Forms
enfeoffment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French enfeoffer; see fief
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in English law, the granting of a free inheritance of land (fee simple) to a man and his heirs. The delivery of possession (livery of seisin) was done on the site of the land and was made by the feoffor to the feoffee in the presence of witnesses. Written conveyances were often customary and, after 1677, mandatory

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