- 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.
- 2engulf somebody/something to affect someone or something very strongly Fear engulfed her.
NAmE//ɪnˈɡʌlf//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they engulf
he / she / it engulfs
past simple engulfed
-ing form engulfing