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).
- en·vel·op·er, noun
- pre·en·vel·op, verb (used with object)
- un·en·vel·oped, adjective
- envelop , envelope
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How to use envelop in a sentence
The Babadook is the shape of grief: all-enveloping, shape-shifting, black, here intensely, terrifying, then gone.
Rich, poor, or middle class, the chaos of 21st-century “love lives” is swiftly enveloping us all.Our Bad Romance Obsession Is the Ultimate First World Problem | James Poulos | January 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the midst of news about scandals enveloping the department, they reflect on the meaning of public service.NYPD Scandals Obscure the Decency of the Majority, Cops Say | Michael Daly | November 11, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
“We resemble a successful lichen, a ravaging bloom of algae, a mold enveloping a fruit,” reads the text.
His ecstacy was a drug, enveloping his senses; again it was a fire that threatened the very altar of his soul.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
The Maker of Sounds was garbed in an all-enveloping white burnous and a white skull cap.Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays | Various
These clothes passed partly through the gap, the sail-cloth outside enveloping them.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
The red flames rise and lick up the sides, while the enveloping smoke wreathes around the corpse.Round the Wonderful World | G. E. Mitton
Then, suddenly, the thick, all-enveloping mists that held them were gone.Islands of Space | John W Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for envelop
to wrap or enclose in or as if in a covering
to conceal or obscure, as from sight or understanding: a plan enveloped in mystery
to surround or partially surround (an enemy force)
- envelopment, noun
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