engulf


en·gulf

verb \in-ˈgəlf, en-\

: to flow over and cover (someone or something)

Full Definition of ENGULF

transitive verb
1
:  to flow over and enclose :  overwhelm <the mounting seas threatened to engulf the island>
2
:  to take in (food) by or as if by flowing over and enclosing
en·gulf·ment \-mənt\ noun

Examples of ENGULF

  1. The valley was engulfed in a thick fog.
  2. <high waves from the hurricane engulfed large areas of the coastal community>

First Known Use of ENGULF

1555

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