engulf


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engulf

envelope, bury, inundate, deluge, swamp; to swallow up in a gulf; submerge: The flood engulfed all the low-lying houses.
Not to be confused with:
engross – involve, immerse, engage; to occupy completely: Their jobs engross them.; absorb: She is engrossed in her novel.; to write in a clear, formal manner, as a public document: to engross a deed; to monopolize

en·gulf

 (ĕn-gŭlf′)
tr.v. en·gulfed, en·gulf·ing, en·gulfs
To swallow up or overwhelm by or as if by overflowing and enclosing: The spring tide engulfed the beach houses.

en·gulf′ment n.

engulf

(ɪnˈɡʌlf) or

ingulf

vb (tr)
1. to immerse, plunge, bury, or swallow up
2. (often passive) to overwhelm: engulfed by debts.
enˈgulfment n

en•gulf

(ɛnˈgʌlf)

v.t.
1. to swallow up in or as if in a gulf; submerge: The stormy sea engulfed the ship.
2. to overwhelm or envelop completely: Grief engulfed him.
[1545–55]
en•gulf′ment, n.

engulf


Past participle: engulfed
Gerund: engulfing

Imperative
engulf
engulf
Present
I engulf
you engulf
he/she/it engulfs
we engulf
you engulf
they engulf
Preterite
I engulfed
you engulfed
he/she/it engulfed
we engulfed
you engulfed
they engulfed
Present Continuous
I am engulfing
you are engulfing
he/she/it is engulfing
we are engulfing
you are engulfing
they are engulfing
Present Perfect
I have engulfed
you have engulfed
he/she/it has engulfed
we have engulfed
you have engulfed
they have engulfed
Past Continuous
I was engulfing
you were engulfing
he/she/it was engulfing
we were engulfing
you were engulfing
they were engulfing
Past Perfect
I had engulfed
you had engulfed
he/she/it had engulfed
we had engulfed
you had engulfed
they had engulfed
Future
I will engulf
you will engulf
he/she/it will engulf
we will engulf
you will engulf
they will engulf
Future Perfect
I will have engulfed
you will have engulfed
he/she/it will have engulfed
we will have engulfed
you will have engulfed
they will have engulfed
Future Continuous
I will be engulfing
you will be engulfing
he/she/it will be engulfing
we will be engulfing
you will be engulfing
they will be engulfing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been engulfing
you have been engulfing
he/she/it has been engulfing
we have been engulfing
you have been engulfing
they have been engulfing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been engulfing
you will have been engulfing
he/she/it will have been engulfing
we will have been engulfing
you will have been engulfing
they will have been engulfing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been engulfing
you had been engulfing
he/she/it had been engulfing
we had been engulfing
you had been engulfing
they had been engulfing
Conditional
I would engulf
you would engulf
he/she/it would engulf
we would engulf
you would engulf
they would engulf
Past Conditional
I would have engulfed
you would have engulfed
he/she/it would have engulfed
we would have engulfed
you would have engulfed
they would have engulfed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.engulf - devote (oneself) fully to; "He immersed himself into his studies"
immerse, plunge - cause to be immersed; "The professor plunged his students into the study of the Italian text"
focus, pore, rivet, center, centre, concentrate - direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
drink in, drink - be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to; "The mother drinks in every word of her son on the stage"
2.engulf - flow over or cover completely; "The bright light engulfed him completely"
enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, wrap - enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering; "Fog enveloped the house"

engulf

ingulf
verb
1. immerse, bury, flood (out), plunge, consume, drown, swamp, encompass, submerge, overrun, inundate, deluge, envelop, swallow up The flat was engulfed in flames.
2. overwhelm, overcome, crush, absorb, swamp, engross He was engulfed by a feeling of emptiness.

engulf

verb
1. To flow over completely:
2. To affect deeply or completely, as with emotion:
Translations
يَبْتَلِع
omspændeopsluge
gleypa, færa í kaf
praryti
aprīt
kaplamakyutmak

engulf

[ɪnˈgʌlf] VT (= swallow up) → tragar; (= immerse) → sumergir, hundir
to be engulfed by (lit) → quedar sumergido bajo
she felt engulfed by her griefse sentía abrumada or hundida por el desconsuelo

engulf

[ɪnˈgʌlf] vt
[fire, fames] [+ building] → engloutir; [water, mud] [+ place, building] → engloutir
to be engulfed in flames → être dévoré(e) par les flammes
[fear, panic] [+ person] → s'emparer de

engulf

vtverschlingen; (fig: feeling, pain) → übermannen; to be engulfed by flamesin Flammen stehen

engulf

ingulf [ɪnˈgʌlf] vt (also) (fig) → inghiottire

engulf

(inˈgalf) verb
(of waves, flames etc) to swallow up completely. Flames engulfed him.
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But at this moment his eyes closed involuntarily, to receive more resolutely the terrible avalanche which was about to fall on his head, and to engulf his life.
Together with our friends and allies, we will work together to shape change, lest it engulf us.
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The pitiless billows engulf him!--So perish sailor and bark; And this, with her baleful singing, Is the Lorelei's gruesome work.
Abhorred and despised by even the few who are cognisant of its miserable and disgraceful existence, stifled by the very filth it so profusely scatters, rendered deaf and blind by the exhalations of its own slime, the obscene journal, happily unconscious of its degraded state, is rapidly sinking beneath that treacherous mud which, while it seems to give it a firm standing with the low and debased classes of society, is nevertheless rising above its detested head, and will speedily engulf it for ever.'
A collision on the elevated, a panic scramble of the uninjured out upon the trestle over the street, a step on the third rail, and Harry Del Mar was engulfed in the Nothingness which men know as death and which is nothingness in so far as such engulfed ones never reappear nor walk the ways of life again.
He possessed a dim, vague, imperative knowingness that it was not merely not good, but supremely disastrous, leading to the mistily glimpsed sense of utter endingness for a dog, for any dog, to go into the water where slipped and slid and noiselessly paddled, sometimes on top, sometimes emerging from the depths, great scaly monsters, huge-jawed and horribly-toothed, that snapped down and engulfed a dog in an instant just as the fowls of Mister Haggin snapped and engulfed grains of corn.
Grose I had an imperative, an almost frantic "Go, go!" before which, in infinite distress, but mutely possessed of the little girl and clearly convinced, in spite of her blindness, that something awful had occurred and some collapse engulfed us, she retreated, by the way we had come, as fast as she could move.
What the wasting tree is to the water that imbibes its shade, growing thus blacker by what it preys upon, may not the life of the Fay be to the death which engulfs it?"
For a moment the two eyed each other in silence, and then the great cat turned into the jungle, which swallowed her as the ocean engulfs a tossed pebble.
And Moscow engulfed the army ever deeper and deeper.