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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In the more contemporary stories, too, a mist of suspended and partial belief envelops whole families, whole hospitals, whole villages. Laura Kolbe, WSJ, "‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ Review: Wishing and Waiting," 12 July 2019 Some hold up the flashlights on their phones, illuminating the streets as night envelops the city. Natalie Gil, refinery29.com, "Diary From Hong Kong: 24 Hours With A Young Woman Protesting," 18 June 2019 More and more brands are extending their sizes to sort of envelop more people. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Universal Standard wants to end the plus size binary once and for all," 9 June 2019 As Brock stands up, the scaly black skin covers his body and envelops his head into the familiar menacing face of the anti-hero. EW.com, "Tom Hardy's Venom finally revealed in new trailer," 24 Apr. 2018 With Hitler’s armies already enveloping much of Europe, Mr. Rosenkranz and other Jewish students resolved to quit the Continent. Robert D. Mcfadden, BostonGlobe.com, "George Rosenkranz, a developer of the birth control pill, dies at 102," 26 June 2019 With Hitler’s armies already enveloping much of Europe, Dr. Rosenkranz and other Jewish students resolved to quit the Continent. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "George Rosenkranz, a Developer of the Birth Control Pill, Dies at 102," 23 June 2019 The heat for Northam to resign significantly lessened after scandal enveloped his potential successors. Bloomberg.com, "School Says Probe of Blackface Photo on Virginia Governor’s Yearbook Page Is Done," 21 May 2019 Álvarezis the first Astros player to hit a home run in each of his first two major league games, growing already astronomical expectations that envelop his promotion to the major leagues. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros outslug Brewers in series opener," 11 June 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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