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engulf

[en-guhlf] /ɛnˈgʌlf/
verb (used with object)
1.
to swallow up in or as in a gulf; submerge:
The overflowing river has engulfed many small towns along its banks.
2.
to plunge or immerse, as into a gulf:
He engulfed himself in his studies.
Also, ingulf.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; en-1 + gulf
Related forms
engulfment, noun
Synonyms
1. envelop, bury, inundate, deluge, swamp.
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Examples for engulf
  • They have developed a journal-publishing culture that threatens to engulf them.
  • The changes that are about to engulf the wireless industry are as technologically disruptive as was the first mobile phone itself.
  • 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

engulf

/ɪnˈɡʌlf/
verb (transitive)
1.
to immerse, plunge, bury, or swallow up
2.
(often passive) to overwhelm engulfed by debts
Derived Forms
engulfment, noun
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Word Origin and History for engulf
v.

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

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