en·​fold | \ in-ˈfōld How to pronounce enfold (audio) , 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

Examples of enfold in a Sentence

The dish is made of vegetables enfolded in a pastry crust. We watched as darkness enfolded the city.
Recent Examples on the Web The permafrost around Fairbanks is discontinuous; jagged pieces of it finger north-facing slopes and enfold the low-lying valleys. Lois Parshley, Anchorage Daily News, 3 May 2022 Ambient keyboard chords chase and enfold themselves around Moody’s voice, heightening the sparseness that always made Johnston’s music great. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 14 Feb. 2022 It's all headed somewhere, nominally, but the storyline doesn't so much unfold on screen as enfold the viewer into its discursive world of dilapidated car parks and sad-eyed pitbulls, Marlboro Reds and backlit oil rigs. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 29 Sep. 2021 But more than anything else, this enchantingly odd movie grows to enfold you in a lingering sense of melancholy that rings eerily true, especially right now. Sara Stewart, CNN, 12 Aug. 2021 Part of their narcissistic behavior in child support litigation will enfold as them trying to prove you wrong. Patricia Fersch, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Fourteen suites and guest rooms (with four more in the pipeline) and a pair of apartments enfold a courtyard shaded by umbrella pines and a century-old Lebanon cedar. Lee Marshall, Travel + Leisure, 1 May 2021 Darkness enfolds the great room and all its alcoves. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 26 May 2020 But their satiny sound remained intimate, the instrumentation enfolding drummer Julien Ehrlich’s upper-register vocals and Max Kakacek’s economical guitar fills. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, 3 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of enfold

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Enfold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enfold. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for enfold


en·​fold | \ in-ˈfōld How to pronounce enfold (audio) \
enfolded; enfolding

Kids Definition of enfold

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

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