engulf

  • 1 Engulf — En*gulf , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Engulfed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Engulfing}.] [Pref. en + gulf: cf. OF. engolfer. Cf. {Ingulf}.] To absorb or swallow up as in a gulf. [1913 Webster] It quite engulfs all human thought. Young. Syn: See {Absorb}. [1913… …

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  • 2 engulf — I verb absorb, annihilate, bury, consume, deluge, destroy, devour, drown, entomb, exterminate, immerse, inundate, liquidate, overcome, overwhelm, submerge, submerse, swallow up II index immerse (plunge into), inundate, overcome ( …

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  • 3 engulf — 1550s, from EN (Cf. en ) (1) make, put in + GULF (Cf. gulf). Related: Engulfed; engulfing …

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  • 4 engulf — [v] absorb, overwhelm bury, consume, deluge, drown, encompass, engross, envelop, flood, imbibe, immerse, inundate, overflow, overrun, overwhelm, plunge, submerge, swallow up, swamp, whelm; concepts 169,172,256 …

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  • 5 engulf — ► VERB ▪ (of a natural force) sweep over so as to completely surround or cover. DERIVATIVES engulfment noun …

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  • 6 engulf — [en gulf′, ingulf′] vt. [ EN 1 + GULF] 1. to swallow up; overwhelm 2. to plunge, as into a gulf …

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  • 7 engulf — Ingulf In*gulf , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ingulfed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ingulfing}.] [Cf. {Engulf}.] [Written also {engulf}.] To swallow up or overwhelm in, or as in, a gulf; to cast into a gulf. See {Engulf}. [1913 Webster] A river large . . . Passed… …

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  • 8 engulf — UK [ɪnˈɡʌlf] / US verb [transitive] Word forms engulf : present tense I/you/we/they engulf he/she/it engulfs present participle engulfing past tense engulfed past participle engulfed 1) to cover or surround something in a way that harms or… …

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  • 9 engulf — v. (D; tr.) to engulf in * * * [ɪn gʌlf] (D; tr.) to engulf in …

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  • 10 engulf — transitive verb Date: 1555 1. to flow over and enclose ; overwhelm < the mounting seas threatened to engulf the island > 2. to take in (food) by or as if by flowing over and enclosing • engulfment noun …

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  • 11 engulf — verb Engulf is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑fire, ↑flame, ↑scandal …

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  • 12 engulf — en|gulf [ınˈgʌlf] v [T] 1.) if an unpleasant feeling engulfs you, you feel it very strongly ▪ despair so great it threatened to engulf him 2.) to completely surround or cover something ▪ The building was engulfed in flames …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 engulf — en|gulf [ ın gʌlf ] verb transitive 1. ) to cover or surround something in a way that harms or destroys it: Several workers died in the landslide that engulfed the old factory. be engulfed in something: Within minutes, the car was engulfed in… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 engulf — engulfment, n. /en gulf /, v.t. 1. to swallow up in or as in a gulf; submerge: The overflowing river has engulfed many small towns along its banks. 2. to plunge or immerse, as into a gulf: He engulfed himself in his studies. Also, ingulf. [1545… …

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  • 15 engulf — verb a) To overwhelm. Desperation engulfed her after her daugthers death. b) To surround; to cover. Only Noah survived when the Flood engulfed earth …

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  • 16 engulf — Synonyms and related words: baptize, be prodigal with, bury, cascade, cataract, deluge, devour, dip, douse, drink, drown, duck, dunk, eat, engorge, flood, flood the market, gobble, gulp, gulp down, imbibe, immerge, immerse, ingest, ingurgitate,… …

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  • 17 engulf — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. swamp, flood, immerse, engorge, swallow up; encircle, envelop, encompass. See destruction, water. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. swallow up, inundate, submerge, overwhelm; see cover 8 , immerse 1 , sink 2 …

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  • 18 engulf — [[t]ɪngʌ̱lf[/t]] engulfs, engulfing, engulfed 1) VERB If one thing engulfs another, it completely covers or hides it, often in a sudden and unexpected way. [V n] A seven year old boy was found dead after a landslide engulfed a block of flats...… …

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  • 19 engulf — en·gulf || ɪn gÊŒlf v. consume, swallow up, overwhelm; submerge, immerse …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 engulf — verb 1》 (of a natural force) sweep over so as to completely surround or cover. 2》 powerfully affect (someone); overwhelm. Derivatives engulfment noun …

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