Definition of enfold in English:

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enfold

Pronunciation: /inˈfōld/
/enˈfōld/
(also dated infold)

verb

[with object]
1Surround; envelop: he shut off the engine and silence enfolded them
More example sentences
  • When the sudden silence had enfolded the room in its velvet cloak, he had known that he was nothing, absolutely nothing compared to the wielder of such power.
  • Amid all the celebrations over their recovery, silence continued to enfold the conditions that had enabled the looting of the treasures in the first place.
  • As the couple stands in the shadow-filled office, a blanket of silence enfolds them.
Synonyms
envelop, engulf, sheathe, swathe, swaddle, cocoon, shroud, veil, cloak, drape, cover;
surround, enclose, encase, encircle
literary enshroud, mantle
1.1Hold or clasp (someone) lovingly in one’s arms.
Example sentences
  • Several arms of gentle loving kindness enfolded him into an embrace of warmth and love.
  • He enfolded him in an embrace; Phillipe pounded him on the back.
  • I was enfolded in her warm embrace, a grin spread wide across my face.
Synonyms
clasp, hold, fold, wrap, squeeze, clutch, gather;
embrace, hug, cuddle
literary embosom
2Fold or shape into folds.

Derivatives

enfoldment

noun

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense 'involve, entail, imply'; formerly also as infold): from en-1, in-2 'within' + fold1.

Words that rhyme with enfold

behold, bold, cold, fold, foretold, gold, hold, mould (US mold), old, outsold, scold, self-controlled, sold, told, uncontrolled, undersold, unpolled, uphold, withhold, wold

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Syllabification: en·fold

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