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envelop Syllabification: en·vel·op
Pronunciation: /ənˈveləp/

Definition of envelop in English:

verb (envelops, enveloping, enveloped)

[with object]
1Wrap up, cover, or surround completely: a figure enveloped in a black cloak figurative a feeling of despair enveloped him
More example sentences
  • She turned the knob and was enveloped in a shroud of fetid air as the door swung open.
  • Anyway my point is it's what's in the mind that counts, and I genuinely believe the essence of the real person is enveloped in their mind and personality and not their physical capability.
  • My eyes snap open, yet I'm still enveloped in darkness.
surround, cover, enfold, engulf, encircle, encompass, cocoon, sheathe, swathe, enclose;
cloak, screen, shield, veil, shroud
1.1(Of troops) surround (an enemy force).
Example sentences
  • This force would attack south and penetrate enemy defenses around the city of Kursk to envelop remaining enemy forces in the salient.
  • The advanced guard would fix the enemy, while the flanking formations would envelop the enemy to block its withdrawal.
  • Fighting in the open is highly mobile, the troops can use all sorts of maneuvering and enveloping movements, and can attack the enemy's rear.


Envelop is a verb, stressed on the second syllable and meaning ‘wrap completely.’ The noun meaning ‘paper container for a letter’ is envelope, stressed on the first syllable.


Pronunciation: /ənˈveləpmənt/
Example sentences
  • So there is an envelopment of law around the exercise of these tribunals.
  • The manual, returning to key concepts from late - 19 th-century German military thought, promoted the superiority of the offensive and underscored the advantages of envelopments, particularly when combined with frontal assaults.
  • At another point, he notes that he has been treating the ‘interplay of the ethical and the aesthetic as a series of envelopments and overlappings whereby now the one field, now the other achieves dominance’.


Late Middle English (formerly also as invelop(e)): from Old French envoluper, from en- 'in' + a second element (also found in develop) of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with envelop

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