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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Darkness enfolds the great room and all its alcoves. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "Get a first look at Dean Koontz's new novel Elsewhere," 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, "Concert review: Whitney makes small moments count at Thalia Hall," 3 Dec. 2019 Asheville, North Carolina enfolds you in its hills and valleys, perfect for a couple’s getaway for Valentine’s Day and beyond. Verna Gates, al, "How to spend a romantic weekend in Asheville," 17 Feb. 2020 Now it is has been expanded to enfold an unknown number of new functions and needs, in spaces that are flexible and multipurpose. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Does the Kennedy Center have a vision for its elegant but awkward new annex?," 30 Aug. 2019 Amid their taut geometries are passages of enfolding softness and effulgent color harmonies — rich reds, pale yellows and blues against his favorite milky lime green. Washington Post, "This Edward Hopper exhibition on hotels is worth an extended stay," 28 Nov. 2019 Today, the meadows enfolding the encampments have been returned to milkweed, goldenrod, and meadow rue. Richard Brady, National Review, "Valley of the Shadow," 31 Aug. 2019 To serve, wrap a slice of bread around the skewer and pull the meat off the stick, enfolding the meat in the bread to make a sandwich. Dallas News, "Fort Worth foodies and TCU football fans team up for 'Texas Tailgate Cookbook'," 20 Aug. 2019 This makes the utter helplessness that later enfolds them all the sadder, as each actor subtly conveys a sudden awareness of brutal aloneness. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Operation Crucible,’ Terror and Reassurance," 15 May 2018

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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 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of enfold

: to cover (someone or something) completely
: to hold (someone or something) in your arms


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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