en·​gulf | \ in-ˈgəlf How to pronounce engulf (audio) , en-\
engulfed; engulfing; engulfs

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

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engulfment \ in-​ˈgəlf-​mənt How to pronounce engulfment (audio) , en-​ \ noun

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Examples of engulf in a Sentence

The valley was engulfed in a thick fog. high waves from the hurricane engulfed large areas of the coastal community
Recent Examples on the Web As fires engulfed hillsides, scrub land, and vineyards, smoke is drifting into cities. BostonGlobe.com, "California Faces Strongest Winds in a Decade as Blackout Spreads - The Boston Globe," 30 Oct. 2019 When a major heat wave engulfed western Europe in late July, Paris and other cities recorded their highest temperatures ever. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "Warming Will Cost Rich and Poor Countries Alike," 25 Oct. 2019 In the lengthy cast of Ukrainian prosecutors starring in the political scandal engulfing the Trump administration, Gyunduz Mamedov hasn't received much of the spotlight. NBC News, "Newly promoted prosecutor acted as go-between for Giuliani in Ukraine," 24 Oct. 2019 Yes, this ugly squabble engulfing the Alabama Democratic Party like a flesh-eating virus is about its dire need for change. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, "Johnson: As Joe Reed, Doug Jones continue battle, Alabama Dem’s family feud must end," 21 Oct. 2019 Despite the chaos then engulfing the capital, the space agency managed to kick-off the most successful space project of the last two decades, the orbiting lab that has been the focus of the world’s human spaceflight efforts for two decades. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Impeachment is threatening to derail Trump’s mission to the moon," 21 Oct. 2019 Perry announced his departure after his name became embroiled in the Ukraine scandal engulfing the Trump administration, although Perry insisted his exit had nothing to do with that and has been months in the making. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Dan Brouillette tapped by Trump to replace Rick Perry as energy secretary," 18 Oct. 2019 Trump over the weekend raging against the growing impeachment probe engulfing his administration, one retweet caught a lot of Twitter users' attention. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Pres. Trump Shared a Clip in the Style Of A-Ha's 'Take On Me' Video and Twitter Has Jokes," 1 Oct. 2019 Greinke gathered himself, gripped a baseball in his right hand and began an Astros career engulfed with epic expectations. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros rout Rockies, pick up Zack Greinke in his debut," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of engulf

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of engulf was in 1555

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English Language Learners Definition of engulf

: to flow over and cover (someone or something)


en·​gulf | \ in-ˈgəlf How to pronounce engulf (audio) \
engulfed; engulfing

Kids Definition of engulf

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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