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 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, "Astrocyte cells in the fruit fly brain are an on-off switch that controls when neurons can change and grow," 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, "Dark matter could warm the hearts of lonely old planets, scientists predict," 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, "The 6 best duvets and duvet inserts of 2021," 15 Mar. 2021 Meandering through the island's 25 miles of bike paths will envelop you in breathtaking vistas. Marisa Spyker, Southern Living, "Florida's Hidden Treasure: Explore the Natural Wonders of Sanibel Island," 9 Mar. 2021 This allows the image to fully envelop the viewer, bringing forth details: the network of buckets and pulleys dangling from tree-sitting protests, the worn surface of a handmade lockdown device or the DIY ingenuity of temporary encampments. Danielle Avram, Dallas News, "Photographing the resistance: Mitch Epstein brings protest scenes to life," 28 Jan. 2021 In these nose-high attitudes, the nose and the canard surfaces create air vortexes that flow back and envelop the vertical stabilizers, reducing or eliminating their steadying effect and thus reducing pilot control. Thomas E. Stimson, Popular Mechanics, "Remembering the B-70: The Weird Supersonic Bomber That Never Was," 11 Feb. 2021 At this moment, though, one is compelled to ponder the fate of our modern-day Midas, and whether the humiliation that now seems to envelop him is apt ending enough. Washington Post, "Trump imagined himself a modern-day Midas. His touch was anything but golden.," 15 Jan. 2021 The eclipse will start at 2:18 a.m. EST, and Earth’s shadow will envelop most of the moon’s visible surface by 4:02 a.m. EST. Andrew Fazekas, Science, "10 spectacular stargazing events to watch in 2021," 29 Dec. 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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20 Apr 2021

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“Envelop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envelop. Accessed 9 May. 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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