To engulf something is to completely surround and control it. The water can engulf the ship, and the army can engulf the city.

  • The army was able to engulf the city very quickly.

  • The water was able to engulf the ship very quickly.

Definition of engulf


devote (oneself) fully to


absorb, engross, immerse, plunge, soak up, steep


flow over or cover completely

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Example Sentences for engulf

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    Pandemonium engulfed the course.

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    The people engulfed the town.

  • 3

    Peace eventually engulfed the surroundings.

  • 4

    The amoebae and the plasmodia engulf microorganisms.

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    The revolution engulfed the entire country.

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    The situation threatened to engulf the entire country.

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    At the site of infection, the neutrophils engulf and kill bacteria.

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    The army was in shambles and the country was engulfed in a political turmoil.

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    As the clouds engulf the village, the villagers rush to seek shelter.

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    As the song ends, the lights engulf the girls, ending the clip.