engulf

verb
en·​gulf | \ in-ˈgəlf , 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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Other Words from engulf

engulfment \ in-​ˈgəlf-​mənt , en-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for engulf

Synonyms

deluge, drown, flood, gulf, inundate, overflow, overwhelm, submerge, submerse, swamp

Antonyms

drain

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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

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The violence that engulfed Tche is part of a constellation of conflicts affecting the DRC, a country the size of Western Europe that sits on $24 trillion in natural resources but is, nonetheless, one of the world’s poorest nations. Nick Turse, Teen Vogue, "The Democratic Republic of Congo Has Humanitarian Crises Leaving Millions of Children In Danger," 14 Nov. 2018 Photos: Brazil’s 200-Year-Old National Museum Struck by Huge Fire A devastating fire engulfed the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, a former palace home to thousands of priceless artifacts. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "A Symbol of Brazil’s Indifference to History," 7 Sep. 2018 The July 27 eclipse will be visible for 1 hour and 43 minutes when the moon is fully engulfed in Earth’s shadow — a period known as totality. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Total lunar eclipse will turn the moon blood red later this month," 13 July 2018 Moeller opened his door when a fireball engulfed the pressurized cabin, singeing the hair on their arms, legs and faces. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Pilot: 'It was completely quiet' before crash landing," 4 July 2018 Two people and their three dogs escaped without injury early Friday morning when a fire fully engulfed a single-family house in the 300 block of 31st Street in Oak Brook. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Brook house fire closes 31st Street for nearly 8 hours," 22 June 2018 Authorities are investigating whether a fire that started in the bed of a pickup and quickly engulfed the vehicle in Costa Mesa late Wednesday was intentionally set, police said Thursday. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Pickup fire in Costa Mesa investigated as possible arson," 21 June 2018 Just two years after his wife died, a DeKalb County firefighter and his six children must now find a new home after a fire engulfed their house earlier this month. Ajc Homepage, ajc, "2 years after wife’s death, DeKalb officer and 6 children lose home in fire," 15 Mar. 2018 Resident Winston Ali waited in his apartment for help as the fire engulfed the apartment below. CBS News, "Rockaway Beach fire: NYPD officers among 16 injured in Queens," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of engulf

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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engulf

verb

English Language Learners Definition of engulf

: to flow over and cover (someone or something)

engulf

verb
en·​gulf | \ in-ˈgəlf \
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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