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From Middle English bifealden, bevealden, from Old English befealdan (to fold, roll up, envelop, clasp, surround, involve, cover, attach), equivalent to be- (around, about) +‎ fold. Cognate with Old High German bifaltan (to envelop).


befold (third-person singular simple present befolds, present participle befolding, simple past befolded or befeld, past participle befolded or befolden)

  1. (transitive) To fold up; fold around; wrap up; envelop.
    • 1974, Harrisene Jackson, There's nothing I own that I want:
      And when I rant and rave and raise hell about the power structure and about slaverytood, and nigratood, and nigraism, and everything else that befolds me being a black woman every day, I still love people.
    • 2002, Simon Monbaron, How to Develop Peace in the World:
      So, brothers and sisters that is God's law and God's punishment that befolds a person who during their life does not acknowledge or feels the greatness of God and God's reality.
    • 2008, George D. Shorten, The Low Bed of a Faller:
      Abo sits befolded up Shadeside of a namma hole [...]