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From en- +‎ feoff.

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enfeoff (third-person singular simple present enfeoffs, present participle enfeoffing, simple past and past participle enfeoffed)

  1. (transitive) To put (a person) in legal possession of a freehold interest; to transfer a fief to, to endow with a fief.
    • 2016, Peter H. Wilson, The Holy Roman Empire, Penguin 2017, p. 331:
      Hereditary fiefs meant that the king could not refuse to enfeoff a legitimate, able-bodied heir, but renewal was still required for the successor to exercise any rights or functions associated with the fief.

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