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 Even for devout believers, there are other ways to serve without such an enveloping commitment. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The demise of St. Francis Convent Chapel in Milwaukee raises questions about how to save historical structures," 2 Jan. 2020 For Christmas Eve—once the wrapping is done, the turkey timetable worked out, the door locked for the late-night journey to church—brings with it an enveloping quiet that seems closest to the stillness of snow. The Economist, "In the bleak midwinter Obituary: Stephen Cleobury died on November 22nd," 18 Dec. 2019 The two men, each slim with a goatee, stepped out into the enveloping silence of southwest Alaska’s wilderness. Los Angeles Times, "This Alaska mine could generate $1 billion a year. Is it worth the risk to salmon?," 23 Oct. 2019 After the verdict was announced, women pulled knives from their all-enveloping black robes and stabbed her repeatedly. BostonGlobe.com, "Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who remains at large, called on his supporters last month to attack the camps and set the detainees free.," 12 Oct. 2019 Pick up the pan and swirl it gently to make sure the batter covers the bottom of the pan and envelops all the ingredients. Jim Webster, Washington Post, "A sizzling shrimp and rice crepe that captures the best flavors of Vietnamese cooking," 9 Dec. 2019 Vérité Vérité 2015 La Joie, Sonoma County: Go big and then go home after drinking this structured but enveloping splurge this summer. Rachel King, Fortune, "How to Drink Red Wine During the Hot, Hot Summer," 10 Aug. 2019 This is in part because the International Space Station is not in deep space and is instead in low-Earth orbit, where it is still enveloped in our planet’s magnetic field and so is protected from the most harmful cosmic radiation. Bill Ingalls, National Geographic, "One-of-a-kind study of astronaut twins hints at spaceflight’s health effects," 11 Apr. 2019 Straight into the cleft tucks an emerald fish, its head entirely enveloped. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Naked body parts, hair as sculpture: The strange, sinister, seductive art of Julie Curtiss," 5 June 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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The first known use of envelop was in the 14th century

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Envelop.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envelopes. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce envelop (audio)

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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