envelop

verb
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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Antifreeze spewed onto the hot engine, and a cloud of white steam thicker than a winter whiteout enveloped the car. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "BAM! POW! The Batmobile crashes with Robin at the wheel | The Kansas City Star," 18 May 2018 The backdoor to the house leads to a fenced-in brick patio enveloped by greenery and flowers. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Adorable cottage in SoCal asks $949K," 13 Aug. 2018 On this moonless evening, the Cruiser’s headlights and Alan’s handheld searchlight are truly the only illumination in the enveloping black. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "Why Botswana Should Top Your Travel List in 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 In the church, even some of those who doubt there is widespread abuse of nuns say the silence can be enveloping. Tim Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "AP finds long history of nuns abused by priests in India," 1 Jan. 2019 Thom Weaver designed the simple set and exemplary lighting, while Christopher Colucci’s sound design envelops us in the storm. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "'A Steady Rain' at Walnut: Dark, brilliant two-cop drama," 23 Feb. 2018 The effect is even greater in the thoroughly enveloping but never gimmicky 5.1 surround mix, in which the format’s greater spaciousness gives the instruments a tactile, almost three-dimensional quality. Allan Kozinn, WSJ, "The Beatles’ Big Ideas Turn 50," 9 Nov. 2018 My room had its own private balcony enveloped in trees, perfect for reading a book and sipping a cup of Blue Mountain coffee (more on that in a bit). Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Resort is Jamaica's Best Kept Secret," 27 June 2018 This is a very nostalgic, solitary record, and that feeling envelops the listener. E.r. Pulgar, Billboard, "Porches Talks Solitude, Creative Frustrations & the Comfort of Water," 19 Jan. 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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envelop

verb

English Language Learners Definition of envelop

: to completely cover (someone or something) : to completely enclose or surround (someone or something)

envelop

verb
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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