Definition of engulf in English:


Syllabification: en·gulf
Pronunciation: /inˈɡəlf
, enˈɡəlf


[with object]
1(Of a natural force) sweep over (something) so as to surround or cover it completely: the cafe was engulfed in flames figurative Europe might be engulfed by war
More example sentences
  • Are these a coincidence, or has an evil force engulfed the town?
  • Consider the unprecedented scenes of anarchy and chaos that engulfed Britain last Monday night.
  • However, the country was soon engulfed in a bloody civil war in which one million people lost their lives out of a population of 14 million.
inundate, flood, deluge, immerse, swamp, swallow up, submerge;
bury, envelop, overwhelm
1.1Eat or swallow (something) whole.
More example sentences
  • As a pair of white lips engulfed the bait and turned downwards, the first fish was hooked.
  • The fish had fully engulfed the mackerel.
  • Bill reported a 12-foot tiger shark that burst out of the water behind his boat and engulfed the propeller with its jaws.



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  • Children who did well understood that they were not responsible for their parents and were able to avoid engulfment in their illness.
  • It sounds like your underlying fears of rejection and engulfment are controlling your life and not letting you share love.
  • These animals possess effective defense systems against microbes and parasites which involve engulfment of bacteria into specific cells.

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