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envelop

Syllabification: en·vel·op
Pronunciation: /ənˈveləp
 
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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.
Synonyms
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.

Origin

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.

Usage

Envelop is a verb, stressed on the second syllable and meaningwrap completely.’ The noun meaningpaper container for a letter’ is envelope, stressed on the first syllable.

Derivatives

envelopment

1
noun
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’.

Words that rhyme with envelop

develop

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