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.
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First Known Use of enfold

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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26 May 2021

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“Enfold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enfold. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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