enfold

verb
en·​fold | \in-ˈfōld, en-\
enfolded; enfolding; enfolds

Definition of enfold 

transitive verb

1a : to cover with or as if with folds : envelop

b : to surround with a covering : contain

2 : to clasp within the arms : embrace

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Examples of enfold in a Sentence

The dish is made of vegetables enfolded in a pastry crust. We watched as darkness enfolded the city.

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On the back wall, a pensive woman enfolded in a flowing blue dress sews together a swatch of green fabric that has been ripped in two. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Exile in the Tenderloin: The quest for a future at San Francisco’s only Sudanese cafe," 17 May 2018 The author draws on this cult of the Virgin to enfold her grandmother in eternal, biblical (rather than geopolitical) time. Gaiutra Bahadur, New York Times, "She Didn’t Know How to Read, but Her Stories Captured History," 10 May 2018 One of your toughest jobs as a grandmother is to find ways to enfold your granddaughter's siblings into your world. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Wounded woman worries about inability to love," 29 Apr. 2018 One of your toughest jobs as a grandmother is to find ways to enfold your granddaughter’s siblings into your world. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Wounded woman worries about inability to love," 29 Apr. 2018 Hockey enfolded the team and the town in its grief almost immediately. Charles P. Pierce, SI.com, "Humboldt Tragedy Hits Home for Hockey and Non-Hockey Families Alike," 9 Apr. 2018 With him, uncanny technical perfection and immaculate control of the music’s long, enfolding lines took precedence. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Kavakos offers impeccable Shostakovich with CSO, but gutsy passion in short supply," 9 Mar. 2018 Indeed, you haven’t truly been hugged until Odell Beckham Jr. has hugged you: The New York Giants wide receiver enfolds you in those long, football-catching arms and doesn’t let go. Laurie Brookins, Billboard, "Jamie Foxx Opens First Prive Revaux Eyewear Boutique in New York," 7 Dec. 2017 And once again, in what’s become a trend in recent years, the game outshined the commerce that enfolded it. Seth Stevenson, Slate Magazine, "The Best and Worst Super Bowl Ads," 6 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of enfold

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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enfold

verb

English Language Learners Definition of enfold

: to cover (someone or something) completely

: to hold (someone or something) in your arms

enfold

verb
en·​fold | \in-ˈfōld \
enfolded; enfolding

Kids Definition of enfold

1 : to wrap up He carefully enfolded the infant in a blanket.

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