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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"
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Enfeoffed as a general, Mac Cuu returned to Ha Tien, which he built up into a profitable entrepot.