Definition of engulf verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    engulf

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡʌlf//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡʌlf//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they engulf
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡʌlf//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡʌlf//
     
    he / she / it engulfs
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡʌlfs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡʌlfs//
     
    past simple engulfed
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡʌlft//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡʌlft//
     
    past participle engulfed
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡʌlft//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡʌlft//
     
    -ing form engulfing
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡʌlfɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡʌlfɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1engulf somebody/something to surround or to cover somebody/something completely He was engulfed by a crowd of reporters. The vehicle was engulfed in flames.
  2. 2engulf somebody/something to affect somebody/something very strongly Fear engulfed her.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (formerly also as ingulf): from en-, in- ‘in, on’ + gulf.
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