engulfment

engulf

[en-guhlf]
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:
1545–55; en-1 + gulf

engulfment, noun


1. envelop, bury, inundate, deluge, swamp.
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engulf or ingulf (ɪnˈɡʌlf)
 
vb
1.  to immerse, plunge, bury, or swallow up
2.  (often passive) to overwhelm: engulfed by debts
 
ingulf or ingulf
 
vb
 
en'gulfment or ingulf
 
n

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