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enfold

[en-fohld] /ɛnˈfoʊld/
verb (used with object)
1.
to wrap up; envelop:
to enfold someone in a cloak.
2.
to surround as if with folds:
He wished to enfold her in the warmth of his love. What happened is enfolded in mystery.
3.
to hug or clasp; embrace:
She enfolded him in her arms.
4.
to form into a fold or folds:
The material of the skirt had been enfolded to form a loose, graceful drape.
Also, infold.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; en-1 + fold1
Related forms
enfolder, noun
enfoldment, noun
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  • Today's armed services embrace and enfold members and their families in a blanket of service and support.
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  • It is possible so to enfold a truth in long-drawn-out sentences as practically to conceal it.
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  • 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

enfold

/ɪnˈfəʊld/
verb (transitive)
1.
to cover by enclosing
2.
to embrace
3.
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
v.

also infold, early 15c., from en- (1) "make, put in" + fold. Related: Enfolded; enfolding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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