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

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The weather is giving Massachusetts a taste of the heat that has enveloped much of the country, according to the National Weather Service. BostonGlobe.com, "Heat and humidity offer a weekend-long, double-barreled assault," 19 July 2019 He had been implicated in a dizzyingly complex transnational corruption scandal that had already enveloped much of the Peruvian political class. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "What Led Peru’s Former President to Take His Own Life?," 1 July 2019 The ethics controversy that has recently enveloped former Metro board member and chairman Jack Evans showed that problems with governance and leadership persist. Washington Post, "Metro Red Line crash was pivotal event for agency and other U.S. subway systems," 29 June 2019 Here, amid the soft glow of nature, its enveloping harmonies made for solace and sorrow both — for a world on the edge of every imaginable disaster, but still capable of beauty despite it. Murray Whyte, BostonGlobe.com, "‘The Forty Part Motet’ strikes a perfect note at the Clark Art Institute," 15 Aug. 2019 The forms and actions are a direct response to unique moments in the track, with everything eventually settling into an enveloping harmonious state. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Opiuo Enlists Animator Dr. D Foothead for Psychedelic 'Kaleidoscope' Video: Exclusive," 8 Aug. 2019 Also par for the course is the all-enveloping moral ambiguity. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, "Hulu’s Das Boot Gets Lost at Sea," 19 June 2019 At first, heavy fog from an enveloping cloud halted Bargiel’s progress. National Geographic, "Meet the skier who made the 'impossible' first solo descent of K2," 12 June 2019 How, no one knows, but as the locomotive pushes into high gear, the rear few cars have become enveloped in flames. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "California Sounds: Mega Bog's curious folk rock, an SFV Acid trip and Automatic's dance punk," 10 July 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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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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