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[en-guhlf] /ɛnˈgʌlf/
verb (used with object)
to swallow up in or as in a gulf; submerge:
The overflowing river has engulfed many small towns along its banks.
to plunge or immerse, as into a gulf:
He engulfed himself in his studies.
Also, ingulf.
Origin of engulf
1545-55; en-1 + gulf
Related forms
engulfment, noun
1. envelop, bury, inundate, deluge, swamp. Unabridged
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  • They have developed a journal-publishing culture that threatens to engulf them.
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  • Periodically, great dust storms engulf the entire planet.
  • Maybe it happened to you this morning: you entered the shower and the curtain moved in to engulf you.
  • We are ground zero of an explosion that will engulf all reality.
  • Problems that engulf casts of people usually have required casts of people to create.
  • But if a crisis does engulf the world, that may be a leap some are willing to make.
  • At that point they expand, becoming large enough to engulf any inner planets.
  • Such fusion might occur after white blood cells engulf tumor cells.
  • As our canoes float into the rocky shoal, the lilies seem to engulf us, the giant pale flowers reaching to our chins.
British Dictionary definitions for engulf


verb (transitive)
to immerse, plunge, bury, or swallow up
(often passive) to overwhelm: engulfed by debts
Derived Forms
engulfment, noun
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Word Origin and History for engulf

1550s, from en- (1) "make, put in" + gulf. Related: Engulfed; engulfing.

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