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 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 Upon entering guests are enfolded into a canopy of trees that were collected from the property and the artistry of stonework of the massive two-sided, wood burning fireplace provides cozy nooks while nestled in bed or on the living room sofa. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Winvian Farm," 19 Feb. 2019 In the rueful grimace of a mother on the subway, her hands enfolding a blond boy who could be a grumpy fallen angel, the strength of the expression and gesture convey an individual temperament. Arthur Lubow, BostonGlobe.com, "Before Stanley Kubrick wrote scripts, he took photos," 2 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of enfold

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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