Definition of enfold in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈfəʊld/
Pronunciation: /ɛnˈfəʊld/


[with object]
1Surround; envelop: he shut off the engine and silence enfolded them
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  • 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.
surround, encircle, circle, enclose, encase
literary enshroud, mantle, pall, pave, lap
rare obnubilate
1.1Hold or clasp (someone) lovingly in one’s arms: he enfolded her in his arms and stroked her hair
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  • 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.
clasp, hold, fold, wrap, squeeze, clutch, take, gather;
embrace, hug, cuddle, cradle
literary embosom
archaic strain


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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