Definition of envelop
1 : to enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
2 : to mount an attack on (an enemy's flank)
envelopmentplay \in-ˈve-ləp-mənt, en-\ noun
Examples of envelop in a Sentence
a chronic mistrust of outsiders envelops that neighborhood, cutting it off from the rest of the city
the truth of the presidential assassination is enveloped in a dense fog of myths and conspiracy theories
Recent Examples of envelop from the Web
Menus are now circular — and envelop old vinyl records, with the labels still showing.
The scaffolding that will envelop Union Station in stages over the next 12 months does not mean the 103-year-old structure is falling apart.
Ligeti’s surreal opera Le Grand Macabre enveloped the orchestra’s Lincoln Center home with Eric Owens flamboyantly portraying death at the end of the world.
But what Hunger illuminates is that food and the anonymity of writing on the internet were two of the salves for the loneliness and anxiety that enveloped Gay into her 20s.
Delfina Gomez of Morena was an elementary school teacher before becoming mayor of Texcoco, a town northeast of the capital that’s been enveloped by its sprawl.
The discrepancy has thrust Vnesheconombank, known for advancing the strategic interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin and for its role in a past U.S. espionage case, into the center of the controversy enveloping the White House.
The story is set in architecturally and meteorologically distinctive northern France, where towns of tightly terraced housing are enveloped by industrial zones and sodden grey skies.
The uloborid spiders have lost the venom that most spiders use, and instead crush their prey to death by wrapping them in excessive amounts of silk; one species was documented using 140 meters to envelop a single insect.
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Origin and Etymology of envelop
Middle English envolupen, from Anglo-French envoluper, envoleper, from en- + voluper to wrap
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of envelop for English Language Learners
: to completely cover (someone or something) : to completely enclose or surround (someone or something)
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Definition of envelop for Students
: to put a covering completely around : wrap up or in
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