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en·feoff

 (ĕn-fēf′, -fĕf′)
tr.v. en·feoffed, en·feoff·ing, en·feoffs
To invest with a feudal estate or fee.

[Middle English enfeffen, from Anglo-Norman enfeoffer : Old French en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + Old French fief, fief; see fee.]

en·feoff′ment n.

enfeoff

(ɪnˈfiːf)
vb (tr)
1. (Law) property law to invest (a person) with possession of a freehold estate in land
2. (Historical Terms) (in feudal society) to take (someone) into vassalage by giving a fee or fief in return for certain services
[C14: from Anglo-French enfeoffer; see fief]
enˈfeoffment n

en•feoff

(ɛnˈfɛf, -ˈfif)

v.t.
to invest with a freehold estate in land.
[1350–1400; Middle English enfe(o)ffen < Anglo-French enfe(o)ffer=en- en-1 + Old French fiefer, fiever, derivative of fief fief]
en•feoff′ment, n.

enfeoff


Past participle: enfeoffed
Gerund: enfeoffing

Imperative
enfeoff
enfeoff
Present
I enfeoff
you enfeoff
he/she/it enfeoffs
we enfeoff
you enfeoff
they enfeoff
Preterite
I enfeoffed
you enfeoffed
he/she/it enfeoffed
we enfeoffed
you enfeoffed
they enfeoffed
Present Continuous
I am enfeoffing
you are enfeoffing
he/she/it is enfeoffing
we are enfeoffing
you are enfeoffing
they are enfeoffing
Present Perfect
I have enfeoffed
you have enfeoffed
he/she/it has enfeoffed
we have enfeoffed
you have enfeoffed
they have enfeoffed
Past Continuous
I was enfeoffing
you were enfeoffing
he/she/it was enfeoffing
we were enfeoffing
you were enfeoffing
they were enfeoffing
Past Perfect
I had enfeoffed
you had enfeoffed
he/she/it had enfeoffed
we had enfeoffed
you had enfeoffed
they had enfeoffed
Future
I will enfeoff
you will enfeoff
he/she/it will enfeoff
we will enfeoff
you will enfeoff
they will enfeoff
Future Perfect
I will have enfeoffed
you will have enfeoffed
he/she/it will have enfeoffed
we will have enfeoffed
you will have enfeoffed
they will have enfeoffed
Future Continuous
I will be enfeoffing
you will be enfeoffing
he/she/it will be enfeoffing
we will be enfeoffing
you will be enfeoffing
they will be enfeoffing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been enfeoffing
you have been enfeoffing
he/she/it has been enfeoffing
we have been enfeoffing
you have been enfeoffing
they have been enfeoffing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been enfeoffing
you will have been enfeoffing
he/she/it will have been enfeoffing
we will have been enfeoffing
you will have been enfeoffing
they will have been enfeoffing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been enfeoffing
you had been enfeoffing
he/she/it had been enfeoffing
we had been enfeoffing
you had been enfeoffing
they had been enfeoffing
Conditional
I would enfeoff
you would enfeoff
he/she/it would enfeoff
we would enfeoff
you would enfeoff
they would enfeoff
Past Conditional
I would have enfeoffed
you would have enfeoffed
he/she/it would have enfeoffed
we would have enfeoffed
you would have enfeoffed
they would have enfeoffed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.enfeoff - put in possession of land in exchange for a pledge of service, in feudal society; "He enfeoffed his son-in-law with a large estate in Scotland"
give - transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"
References in classic literature ?
the sixteen commissioners of the sixteen quarters, the jailer of the Châtelet, the four enfeoffed sergeants, the hundred and twenty mounted sergeants, with maces, the chevalier of the watch with his watch, his sub-watch, his counter-watch and his rear-watch?
Li Bian], Ke was enfeoffed in the first year of the Yuanhe era [806].
The relevant passage reads, "the enfeoffed feudal lords all received mingqi from the palace in order to establish their altars of grain and soil, and therefore were able to present sacrificial vessels to the king" (Zuo zhuan 47: 823 'Zhao 15').
141-87 BCE) enfeoffed Lord Chou of Yao [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]: as the king of Yueyao [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] to continue the sacrifices of the Minyue kings.
King Wu of Chou enfeoffed Chi Tzu (Kija) to Choson, Tangun moved to Changdangyong, but later he returned and hid in Asadal as a mountain god at the age of one thousand nine hundred and eight.
The King, it is said, enfeoffed his nobles with possession of land in return for a pledge of knightly service.