enfeoff(redirected from enfeoffed)
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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.]
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]
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]
Past participle: enfeoffed
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|Verb||1.||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"