en·​vel·​op in-ˈve-ləp How to pronounce envelop (audio)
enveloped; enveloping; envelops

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Envelop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envelop. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


en·​vel·​op in-ˈvel-əp How to pronounce envelop (audio)
: to surround and enclose completely with or as if with a covering
envelopment noun

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