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

transitive verb

: to cover with or as if with folds : envelop
: to surround with a covering : contain
: 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of enfold was in 1566

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“Enfold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enfold. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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en·​fold in-ˈfōld How to pronounce enfold (audio)
: to cover with folds : enclose in the folds of something

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