engulf

verb en·gulf \ in-ˈgəlf , en- \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

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

engulfment

play \in-ˈgəlf-mənt, en-\ noun

Examples of engulf in a Sentence

  1. The valley was engulfed in a thick fog.

  2. high waves from the hurricane engulfed large areas of the coastal community

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First Known Use of engulf

1555

engulf Synonyms


ENGULF Defined for English Language Learners

engulf

verb

Definition of engulf for English Language Learners

  • : to flow over and cover (someone or something)


ENGULF Defined for Kids

engulf

verb en·gulf \ in-ˈgəlf \

Definition of engulf for Students

engulfed; engulfing
1 : to flow over and cover or surround
  • The town was engulfed by the flood.
2 : to be overwhelmed by
  • He was engulfed by fear.


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