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 STOs are also seen as a way to avoid not only the costly registration requirements that apply to the initial public offering of company stock but -- perhaps -- also the regulatory scrutiny and legal uncertainty currently enveloping ICOs. Washington Post, "Security Tokens Are the New Crypto – But You Probably Can’t Afford Them," 18 Sep. 2019 Further observations by astronomers have determined that C/2019 Q4 is a comet stretching a couple miles wide, with a coma of gas and dust enveloping the object that forms when icy material is heated by the sun. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian, "Astronomers Spot a Comet That Likely Came From a Different Solar System," 12 Sep. 2019 Exploring lunar nova The lander is equipped with a seismometer to listen for moonquakes and a Langmuir probe that will measure fluctuations in the wispy plasma enveloping the lunar surface. Sanjay Kumar, Science | AAAS, "'Failure is part of the game': Indian spacecraft presumed lost after moon landing attempt," 7 Sep. 2019 Hurricane Irma was a much bigger storm than Dorian, enveloping most of the state. Anchorage Daily News, "Hurricane Dorian’s unpredictable path has officials, residents in four states unsettled," 1 Sep. 2019 But the housing issue is only the latest legal drama enveloping a governor whose diverse business portfolio of coal and agricultural interests have been the subject of multiple lawsuits over unpaid debts and safety fines. NBC News, "Where the West Virginia governor is sleeping has landed him in court," 21 Aug. 2019 Late in the second quarter, Key beat Rams left tackle Bobby Evans off the edge on a 3rd-and-4 in the red zone and enveloped quarterback Brandon Allen. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders’ Arden Key pursues finishing touch in second season," 14 Aug. 2019 Police in turn threw canister after canister of tear gas, enveloping the streets with smoke. Yanan Wang, BostonGlobe.com, "Protesters, police face off in Hong Kong as rallies continue," 3 Aug. 2019 The region around the city of Santarém, farther north and deep in the Amazon, saw flames as tall as buildings tear through the forest, enveloping the canopy in thick black smoke that stretched for miles and turned the sunlight red. The Economist, "The Amazon is approaching an irreversible tipping point," 1 Aug. 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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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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