from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To invest with a feudal estate or fee.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To put (a person) in legal possession of a freehold interest; to transfer a fief to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To give a feud, or right in land, to; to invest with a fief or fee; to invest (any one) with a freehold estate by the process of feoffment.
- transitive v. To give in vassalage; to make subservient.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In law, to give a feud to; hence, to invest with a fee; give any corporeal hereditament to in fee simple or fee tail.
- Figuratively, to surrender or give up.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. put in possession of land in exchange for a pledge of service, in feudal society
Middle English enfeffen, from Anglo-Norman enfeoffer : Old French en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + Old French fief, fief; see fee.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)