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)

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 The soft and velvety walls envelop the space and also offer a tactile element to the room, which opens to the master bedroom. Kelsey Mulvey, ELLE Decor, 3 May 2022 Poles born in the post-communist era appear less likely to fear that the conflict will envelop their country. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2022 Forces around Kyiv have been waiting for reinforcements and are attempting to envelop the city. Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2022 Seesaw battles have unfolded in the areas of Hostomel, Bucha and Irpin — a possible harbinger of the urban, street-by-street warfare that could envelop the capital if Russian forces break through. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 This national park in the south of France lends itself to exploring craggy coves and the turquoise waves that envelop them. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 25 Feb. 2022 Biff Poggi watched the swarm of happy bodies envelop his boss, Jim Harbaugh. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, 31 Dec. 2021 On occasion, these cadets envelop the Creature, and he is gradually persuaded to join their ranks, even as every cell in his body periodically convulses in anguish. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, 25 Feb. 2022 Instead of feeling gloomy and oppressing, this bathroom color trend can help achieve a sophisticated, modern vibe or envelop the space in a cozy feel. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Jan. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envelop. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for envelop


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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