- to wrap up in or as in a covering: The long cloak she was wearing enveloped her completely.
- to serve as a wrapping or covering for, as a membrane of an organ or a sheath.
- to surround entirely.
- Military. to attack (an enemy's flank).
Origin of envelop
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Examples from the Web for envelop
“Discord” proceeds to envelop us in this exhaustive, mind-racking debate.The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson (And Tolstoy and Dickens)
October 26, 2014
He told those setting it up to push the envelop, as he thought he had limited political capital to spend from the bin Laden raid.Special Ops Commander Swears: I Won't Be Hillary's VP
August 29, 2014
The shadows may have sought to envelop Paris altogether early Wednesday.Paris Jackson, the Girl We Met at Michael’s Funeral, in Suicide Scare
June 5, 2013
He is one of those who, when they meet Mandela, envelop him in a hug as they walk to steady the old man.Nelson Mandela Recovering in South Africa After Brief Hospital Scare
February 27, 2012
Her flowing dusty-rose gown seemed to envelop her—like a chiffon pup tent held up with silver sequins.Rooney Mara, Michelle Williams, Kristen Wiig: 2012 Oscars’ Best, Worst, and Wilted
February 27, 2012
She was silent a moment, pondering, hesitation and confusion seeming to envelop her.Mistress Wilding
The dark brown folds seemed to envelop the face of the earth.The Boy Settlers
As a capper he digs up that envelop, to show her there needn't be any hitch in the program.Shorty McCabe
A grunt was the only reply, and they prepared to envelop her again.A Little Girl in Old Detroit
Amanda Minnie Douglas
These obstacles had been originally intended to envelop the garrison.Through Three Campaigns
G. A. Henty
- to wrap or enclose in or as if in a covering
- to conceal or obscure, as from sight or understandinga plan enveloped in mystery
- to surround or partially surround (an enemy force)
Word Origin and History for envelop
late 14c., envolupen, "be involved in," from Old French envoleper (10c., Modern French envelopper) "envelop, cover; fold up," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + voloper "wrap up," of uncertain origin, perhaps Celtic (see Gamillscheg, Diez). Literal sense is from 1580s. Related: Enveloped; enveloping.