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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 of engulf
1545-1555
1545-55; en-1 + gulf
Related forms
engulfment, noun
Synonyms
1. envelop, bury, inundate, deluge, swamp.
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  • He was aghast, and he bared his feelings to the world before he sank in the engulfing sea of negation.

    Stubble George Looms
  • Then it was that Eppie had been swept away by the engulfing relative.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Alice trod on a perpetual volcano, which was given to opening and engulfing her just at the moment when she least expected it.

    All's Well Emily Sarah Holt
  • His pupils dilated in the attempt to pierce the engulfing darkness.

    A Family of Noblemen Mikhal Saltykov
  • As they leave, the ocean comes up, swallowing the city and engulfing everything except the temple.

British Dictionary definitions for engulfing

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 engulfing

engulf

v.

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

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