- 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 warMore 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.
- 2Powerfully affect (someone); overwhelm: a feeling of anguish so great that it threatened to engulf himMore example sentences
- A deep, overwhelming wave of emotion engulfed me, and I felt tears well in my eyes.
- Overwhelming relief and joy engulfed Jason upon seeing her and he took a step forward.
- He recalled how just the sight of his daughter in the early years had brought his grief flooding to the surface where it had threatened to engulf him.
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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.