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

 

envelop

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪnˈveləp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈveləp//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they envelop
BrE BrE//ɪnˈveləp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈveləp//
 
he / she / it envelops
BrE BrE//ɪnˈveləps//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈveləps//
 
past simple enveloped
BrE BrE//ɪnˈveləpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈveləpt//
 
past participle enveloped
BrE BrE//ɪnˈveləpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈveləpt//
 
-ing form enveloping
BrE BrE//ɪnˈveləpɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈveləpɪŋ//
 
 
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envelop somebody/something (in something) (formal) to wrap somebody/something up or cover them or it completely She was enveloped in a huge white towel. Clouds enveloped the mountain tops. Darkness fell and enveloped the town. A feeling of despair enveloped him. Word 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.
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