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Definition of engulf verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they engulf
    he / she / it engulfs
    past simple engulfed
    -ing form engulfing
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  1. 1engulf somebody/something to surround or to cover someone or something completely He was engulfed by a crowd of reporters. The vehicle was engulfed in flames.
  2. 2engulf somebody/something to affect someone or something very strongly Fear engulfed her.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: engulf