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 envelop (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 Israel withdrew troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2005, and Hamas — which most Western countries consider a terrorist group — took control of the territory shortly afterwards, leading Egypt and Israel to envelop Gaza in a strict blockade. Joe Walsh, Forbes, 18 May 2021 And if that’s not annoying enough, Brood X will envelop everything in its path—lawn-mower operators, beware—before the bugs’ remnants turn your afternoon stroll into crunchapalooza. Saahil Desai, The Atlantic, 19 May 2021 But the latest scandal to envelop the country has had international implications, pulling in a Canadian firm and American regulators. Carlos Mureithi, Quartz, 13 May 2021 His ornate exchanges envelop us, and his words have an uncanny ability to turn even uncharismatic actors into momentary stars. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 7 May 2021 During this process, support cells in the brain – called astrocytes – envelop the parts of the neurons that send and receive electrical information. Sarah Degenova Ackerman, The Conversation, 12 Apr. 2021 For decades, astrophysicists have thought that invisible dark matter must envelop each galaxy, much as glass surrounds the swirl of color in the center of a marble. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, 26 Mar. 2021 With each corner of the cover in your hands, raise and slip the cover down to envelop the rest of the insert. Ambar Pardilla, NBC News, 15 Mar. 2021 Meandering through the island's 25 miles of bike paths will envelop you in breathtaking vistas. Marisa Spyker, Southern Living, 9 Mar. 2021

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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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7 Jun 2021

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“Envelop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envelop. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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