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[en-fohld] /ɛnˈfoʊld/
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
1585-95; en-1 + fold1
Related forms
enfolder, noun
enfoldment, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Thereupon the weird plant moved over toward her, and the thick leaves began to enfold her knees.

    Spacehounds of IPC Edward Elmer Smith
  • Only one spoke—she whose cloak had been snatched up to enfold the child.

  • He wanted to enfold her in his arms and promise her security.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • Again he sought to stay her going, holding out his arms to enfold her.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned Ford Madox Ford
  • The sound beat down deafeningly, seemed to enfold them bodily in its mighty volume, blotting out all else.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • "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
  • They form a nest, or home, or covering, to enfold or wrap about the delicate seed-pod.

  • She could embrace it in her love, but hers was too large for its little arms to enfold.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • In a bound her well-beloved was beside her, flinging away his bloody poleaxe, he opened wide his arms to enfold her.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Sir Francis rose and attempted to enfold her in his embrace.

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for enfold


verb (transitive)
to cover by enclosing
to embrace
to form with or as with folds
Derived Forms
enfolder, infolder, noun
enfoldment, infoldment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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