envelop

verb
en·​vel·​op | \ in-ˈve-ləp How to pronounce envelop (audio) , 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)

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from envelop

envelopment \ in-​ˈve-​ləp-​mənt How to pronounce envelopment (audio) , 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 on the Web

Think: enormous red roses enveloped in ribbons sprouting from your wrist, or heaps of petals that look like bulbous bags of potpourri. Vogue, "Can the Corsage Ever Be Cool? Chloë Sevigny Says “Yes!”," 8 Apr. 2019 Essentially, a sound bath is a meditation class that aims to guide you into a deep meditative state while you're enveloped in ambient sound played by instructors, or sound therapists. Nicole Dellert, Allure, "I Tried a Sound Bath — Here's What This Meditative Practice Is Really Like," 24 Oct. 2018 The 27-seat space is a tight squeeze and has the look and feel of a neighborhood dive with a heavy 80s vibe, occasionally enveloped in a thick cloud of smoke. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Best Places for Sushi in Tokyo," 27 Feb. 2018 Antifreeze spewed onto the hot engine, and a cloud of white steam thicker than a winter whiteout enveloped the car. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "BAM! POW! The Batmobile crashes with Robin at the wheel | The Kansas City Star," 18 May 2018 The backdoor to the house leads to a fenced-in brick patio enveloped by greenery and flowers. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Adorable cottage in SoCal asks $949K," 13 Aug. 2018 On this moonless evening, the Cruiser’s headlights and Alan’s handheld searchlight are truly the only illumination in the enveloping black. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "Why Botswana Should Top Your Travel List in 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 In the church, even some of those who doubt there is widespread abuse of nuns say the silence can be enveloping. Tim Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "AP finds long history of nuns abused by priests in India," 1 Jan. 2019 Thom Weaver designed the simple set and exemplary lighting, while Christopher Colucci’s sound design envelops us in the storm. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "'A Steady Rain' at Walnut: Dark, brilliant two-cop drama," 23 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'envelop.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about envelop

Statistics for envelop

Last Updated

22 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for envelop

The first known use of envelop was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for envelop

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 How to pronounce envelop (audio) \
enveloped; enveloping

Kids Definition of envelop

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on envelop

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with envelop

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for envelop

Spanish Central: Translation of envelop

Nglish: Translation of envelop for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of envelop for Arabic Speakers

Comments on envelop

What made you want to look up envelop? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

one that collects or salvages junk

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!