[ en-guhlf ]
/ ɛnˈgʌlf /

verb (used with object)

to swallow up in or as in a gulf; submerge: The overflowing river has engulfed many small towns along its banks.
to plunge or immerse, as into a gulf: He engulfed himself in his studies.
Also ingulf.

Origin of engulf

First recorded in 1545–55; en-1 + gulf


Related forms

en·gulf·ment, noun
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/ (ɪnˈɡʌlf) /

verb (tr)

to immerse, plunge, bury, or swallow up
(often passive) to overwhelmengulfed by debts

Derived Forms

engulfment, noun
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