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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Random cheers became an enveloping roar as four crosses appeared projected on a see-through scrim above the stage, spinning 180 degrees slowly until inverted. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "More an event than an everyday concert, Slayer’s Final Tour roars through Charlotte," 18 June 2018 Cornerback Jalen Ramsey made the perfect run stop on fourth-and-a-half-yard at the Steeler 20, knifing through the Pittsburgh line to envelop Le’Veon Bell for a four-yard loss late in the first quarter. Peter King, SI.com, "‘That Play Right There Was God’: Diggs, Dings and Dumbfounded Vikings On How They Stunned Saints," 15 Jan. 2018 Haboob arrives in Phoenix In July 2011, the city was enveloped by a massive wall of dust. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "This is why dust storms are called 'haboobs' in Arizona," 10 July 2018 The most stunning result was a dramatic sleeve design, extending from a corset on the body to envelop the arm in a lattice-like structure, which called to mind the shapes on the face of the famous Catalan cathedral. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Paris Couture Week: Elie Saab Says 'Ole,' Viktor & Rolf Say 'Remember When?'," 5 July 2018 Trump downplayed the crisis that has threatened to envelop the White House amid days of heart-wrenching images of children being pulled from their immigrant parents along the nation’s southern border. Washington Post, "Trump defends his hard-line immigration policies to cheers," 21 June 2018 Trump downplayed the crisis that has threatened to envelop the White House amid days of heart-wrenching images of children being pulled from their immigrant parents along the nation's southern border. Jill Colvin And Jonathan Lemire, chicagotribune.com, "At raucous rally, Trump touts hawkish immigration plans," 20 June 2018 Trump downplayed the crisis that has threatened to envelop the White House amid days of heart-wrenching images of children being pulled from their immigrant parents along the nation’s southern border. Time, "President Trump Promotes 'Tough' Immigration Policies at Minnesota Rally After His Turnaround on Family Separation," 20 June 2018 The grumbling as the immigration issue has threatened to once again envelop the conference is real -- if limited to a smaller group of members than their voices and background quotes would lead some to believe. Lauren Fox And Phil Mattingly, CNN, "Republicans rush to defend Ryan amid rebellion rumors," 22 May 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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