- 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.
- 2engulf somebody/something to affect somebody/something very strongly Fear engulfed her. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (formerly also as ingulf): from en-, in- ‘in, on’ + gulf.
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//