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)

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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 Typically crowds surround those grieving, enveloping them with comfort. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "How an Indiana mortuary cares for those who died of the coronavirus while staying safe," 29 Apr. 2020 Newsletter Sign-up Princeton and many other advanced labs are trying to fuse hydrogen isotopes by enveloping them in an intense magnetic field that traps and squeezes the atoms, heating them to temperatures 10 times the sun’s core. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "Fusion Startups Step In to Realize Decades-Old Clean Power Dream," 6 Feb. 2020 Lovato teared up at one point, and the audience enveloped her in a warm, encouraging applause—followed by a standing ovation. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Grammys 2020: The Biggest Moments of the Night," 27 Jan. 2020 The pharma executives will stride in confidently, enveloped in an aura of corporate invincibility and privilege. Stewart Lyman, STAT, "If pharma helps quench the Covid-19 pandemic, what will it want in return?," 21 Apr. 2020 President Donald Trump, employing a newly somber tone about the crisis enveloping the globe, urged all older Americans to stay home and everyone to avoid crowds and eating out at restaurants. Jonathan Lemire, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal officials tell everyone to avoid crowds, urge older Americans to stay home," 17 Mar. 2020 Not since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has a crisis enveloped so much of the economy so quickly. New York Times, "Markets Unsteady as Fed Signals Urgency of Economic Threat: Live Updates," 16 Mar. 2020 President Donald Trump, employing a newly somber tone about the crisis enveloping the globe, urged all older Americans to stay home and everyone to avoid crowds and eating out at restaurants. Jonathan Lemire, Time, "New White House Coronavirus Guidelines Tell Older People to Stay Home, All Ages to Avoid Groups of More Than 10," 16 Mar. 2020 Three California Assembly members have introduced legislative language that would put Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to address the wildfire crisis enveloping the state’s electric utilities into action. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, "California lawmakers propose legislation to address utility wildfire problems," 28 June 2019

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

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21 May 2020

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“Envelop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envelop. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of envelop

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


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

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