Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

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
First recorded in 1545-55; en-1 + gulf
Related forms
engulfment, noun
Synonyms
1. envelop, bury, inundate, deluge, swamp.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for engulfing
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • On the verandah the gliding figures were engulfing Franklin; he had fallen.

    The World Beyond Raymond King Cummings
  • The impulse returned to flee, to vanish in the engulfing wild of the mountains.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • The seas were engulfing the ship so that the officers could not see the waterspout at all.

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

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • His pupils dilated in the attempt to pierce the engulfing darkness.

    A Family of Noblemen Mikhal Saltykov
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for engulfing

engulf

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for engulf

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for engulfing

14
20
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for engulfing