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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
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  • Today's armed services embrace and enfold members and their families in a blanket of service and support.
  • Or to grab one of the small, cuddly gorilla children, and enfold it in a giant gorilla-hug.
  • It is possible so to enfold a truth in long-drawn-out sentences as practically to conceal it.
  • They suggest, more than that, that there is still a lot of pleasure and knowledge to enfold when it comes to our galaxy.
  • He uses time simultaneously to distance us, to advance the story, and to enfold his characters in insistent immediacy.
  • Loose leaves shall be considered those leaves which do not closely enfold the head.
  • Wrapper leaves mean all leaves which do not fairly closely enfold the compact portion of the head.
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
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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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