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 As Keynes put it, the social object of skilled investment should be to defeat the dark forces of time and ignorance which envelop our future. Kim Phillips-fein, The New Republic, "The Lost Rebellious Spirit of Keynes," 9 June 2020 Tempe police surrounded Arizona Mills, Scottsdale police circled Scottsdale Quarter, Chandler police enveloped Chandler Fashion Center, and Gilbert police barricaded San Tan Village, to name a few. Kaila White, azcentral, "4th night of Phoenix protests ends with arrests shortly after 8 p.m. curfew," 1 June 2020 The scandal enveloping Johnson’s government adds further spice. Ian Wishart, Bloomberg.com, "EU Has Bigger Problems to Worry About Than Brexit Gridlock," 26 May 2020 Once again, clear blue skies and cool breezes are enveloping the Pharmalot campus, where the short person is hovering over a laptop and the fast-growing official mascot is unsuccessfully chasing squirrels. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Trump’s Covid-19 vaccine chief has worrisome conflicts; U.S. provides $1.2 billion for AstraZeneca vaccine," 21 May 2020 When the first heat wave of the year arrived in the Southwest last week, enveloping the region in record heat for April, officials in Arizona and Nevada scrambled to open cooling centers for people who don’t have air conditioning at home. Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus could worsen death toll of summer heat waves, health officials warn," 5 May 2020 Cliché pinches on cheeks and enveloping snuggles have been replaced by Facetime and Zoom chats. oregonlive, "Oregon seniors feel sting of being cut off from grandchildren as coronavirus crisis drags on," 27 Apr. 2020 As training conditions deteriorated and postponement became inevitable, a sadness enveloped the Olympic world. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Opinion: As much as it hurts, postponing Tokyo Olympics is what's needed," 24 Mar. 2020 People walking the Strip on a brisk Friday evening took a moment to stop and listen to an unfamiliar sound that has in recent days enveloped Las Vegas and may never come again: silence. Fox News, "Illusionist Criss Angel reflects on 'new reality' of Vegas Strip shutting down amid coronavirus," 24 Mar. 2020

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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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18 Jun 2020

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“Envelop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envelop. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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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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