envelop

verb
en·​vel·​op | \ in-ˈve-ləp, en-\
enveloped; enveloping; envelops

Definition of envelop

transitive verb

1 : to enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
2 : to mount an attack on (an enemy's flank)

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Other Words from envelop

envelopment \ 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

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The following year the family relocated once more—to Woodland, Washington, where Jen bragged of their greenhouse, a coterie of farm animals, and the nature that enveloped their home. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 1: Fear," 4 Dec. 2018 So much trash was dumped near the town of Volokolamsk, 110 kilometers (68 miles) west of Moscow, that a toxic mixture of hydrogen sulfide and methane gases enveloped the town during the winter. Washington Post, "World Cup has divisive legacy for Russia’s environment," 12 June 2018 Smoke from burning cars soon enveloped nearby streets, and cafes quickly closed. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "Antigovernment Rally Is Among the Most Violent to Hit Paris in Decades," 2 Dec. 2018 Adaptogens fall perfectly into the gray area that wellness envelops. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Adaptogenic dusts, oils, and pills have a veneer of science, but there’s not much evidence to back them up.," 2 Nov. 2018 The coming confirmation hearings promise to represent another escalation in the partisanship enveloping the court. New York Times, "Political Polarization Takes Hold of the Supreme Court," 5 July 2018 The National Weather Service said that the hot and steamy weather conditions enveloping Massachusetts Monday may generate powerful thunderstorms, especially in the center of the state, from midafternoon to about 10 p.m. Monday. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "Strong thunderstorms expected to roll through state," 18 June 2018 The accessibility and sheer friendliness of Whitmer is a welcome change from the non-stop political anger that has enveloped our country. Sarah Kunst, Marie Claire, "Gretchen Whitmer Is Ready for the Top Job," 7 Nov. 2018 The shifting explanations indicate Saudi Arabia is scrambling for a way out of the crisis that has enveloped the world’s largest oil exporter and a major U.S. ally in the Middle East. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Saudi Arabia again changes its story on Khashoggi killing," 25 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of envelop

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for envelop

Middle English envolupen, from Anglo-French envoluper, envoleper, from en- + voluper to wrap

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envelop

verb

English Language Learners Definition of envelop

: to completely cover (someone or something) : to completely enclose or surround (someone or something)

envelop

verb
en·​vel·​op | \ in-ˈve-ləp \
enveloped; enveloping

Kids Definition of envelop

: to put a covering completely around : wrap up or in

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