• (RP, GA) IPA: /ɛnˈfɛf/, /ɪnˈfɛf/

enfeoff (enfeoffs, present participle enfeoffing; past and past participle enfeoffed)

  1. (transitive, chiefly, law, historical) To transfer#Verb|transfer a fief to, to endow with a fief; to put (a person) in legal possession of a freehold interest#Noun|interest.
    Synonyms: feoff
    • 1628, Edw[ard] Coke, “Of Rents”, in The First Part of the Institvtes of the Lawes of England. […], London: Printed [by Adam Islip] for the Societe of Stationers, OCLC 84760833 ↗, book 2, chapter 12, section 224, folio 150, recto ↗:
      If a man hath iſſue two Daughters and grant a Rent charge out of his land to one of them and dyeth the Rent ſhall be apportioned, and if the Grantee in this caſe enfeoffeth another of her part of the land, yet the moity of the Rent remaineth iſſuing out of her ſiſters part, becauſe the part of the Grantee in the land by the diſcent was diſcharged of the Rent.
    • 1738, E[phraim] Chambers, “ESTATE ↗”, in Cyclopædia: Or, An Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences; […] In Two Volumes, volume II (L–Z), 2nd corrected and amended edition, London: Printed for D. Midwinter [et al.], OCLC 49347394 ↗, column 2:
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To give up completely; to surrender#Verb|surrender, to yield#Verb|yield.
    Synonyms: cede
    • 1876, Thomas Hardy, “Ethelberta’s House (continued)—The British Museum”, in The Hand of Ethelberta: A Comedy in Chapters [...] In Two Volumes, volume I, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 912954463 ↗, page 265 ↗:
      [M]ore than one well-wisher who observed Ethelberta from afar feared that it might some day come to be said of her that she had / Enfeoffed herself to popularity: / That, being daily swallow'd by men's eyes, / They surfeited with honey, and began / To loathe the taste of sweetness, whereof a little / More than a little is by much too much.