Definition of Engulf

1. Verb. Devote (oneself) fully to. "He immersed himself into his studies"

Exact synonyms: Absorb, Engross, Immerse, Plunge, Soak Up, Steep
Related verbs: Immerse, Plunge
Generic synonyms: Center, Centre, Concentrate, Focus, Pore, Rivet
Specialized synonyms: Drink, Drink In
Derivative terms: Absorption, Engrossment, Engrossment, Engrossment, Immersion



2. Verb. Flow over or cover completely. "The bright light engulfed him completely"
Generic synonyms: Enclose, Enfold, Envelop, Enwrap, Wrap

Definition of Engulf

1. v. t. To absorb or swallow up as in a gulf.

Definition of Engulf

1. Verb. (transitive) To overwhelm. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To surround; to cover. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Engulf

1. to surround completely [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Engulf

engrossed
engrosser
engrossers
engrosses
engrossest
engrosseth
engrossing
engrossingly
engrossment
engrossments
engs
enguard
enguarded
enguarding
enguards
engulf (current term)
engulfed
engulfing
engulfment
engulfments
engulfs
engulph
engulphed
engulphs
engyn
engyns
engyve
enhabit
enhabitant
enhabited

Literary usage of Engulf

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"Ev'n as a shoal of fish before a shark Huddle in fear, and crowd some harbourage In to its inmost corners, for his mouth Gapes to engulf whatever he may ..."

2. John L. Stoddard's Lectures: Illustrated and Embellished with Views of the by John Lawson Stoddard (1897)
"... from the waves of Time, that have repeatedly endeavored to engulf her, as do her marble palaces from the encircling sea. The charm of Venice begins even ..."

3. The Great War by George Henry Allen, Henry C. Whitehead, French Ensor Chadwick (1919)
"The final attempt to engulf the Russian armies; the fall of Vilna and escape of the Russian Tenth Army. Failure of the Germans to achieve their supreme ..."

4. The Rocky Mountain Saints: A Full and Complete History of the Mormons, from by Thomas B. H. Stenhouse (1873)
"... Calhoun—Great Trouble with Apostates—Polities and Polygamy threaten to engulf him—The Nauvoo Expositor founded and destroyed—Write issued for the Arrest ..."

5. Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror by Richard Linthicum, Trumbull White (1906)
"... Caracas Devastated — Tidal Waves Accompany the Earthquakes — Juan Fernandez Island Shaken — Fissures engulf Men and Animals — Peculiar Effects Observed. ..."

6. Complete Story of the Martinique and St. Vincent Horrors by William A. Garesché (1902)
"... Glimpse of the Lower Regions—Falling Buildings engulf Fleeing Men and Women—A Carnival of Horrors—Destruction of Shipping in the Harbor—Later Eruptions. ..."

7. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"Ev'n as a shoal of fish before a shark Huddle in fear, and crowd some harbourage In to its inmost corners, for his mouth Gapes to engulf whatever he may ..."

8. John L. Stoddard's Lectures: Illustrated and Embellished with Views of the by John Lawson Stoddard (1897)
"... from the waves of Time, that have repeatedly endeavored to engulf her, as do her marble palaces from the encircling sea. The charm of Venice begins even ..."

9. The Great War by George Henry Allen, Henry C. Whitehead, French Ensor Chadwick (1919)
"The final attempt to engulf the Russian armies; the fall of Vilna and escape of the Russian Tenth Army. Failure of the Germans to achieve their supreme ..."

10. The Rocky Mountain Saints: A Full and Complete History of the Mormons, from by Thomas B. H. Stenhouse (1873)
"... Calhoun—Great Trouble with Apostates—Polities and Polygamy threaten to engulf him—The Nauvoo Expositor founded and destroyed—Write issued for the Arrest ..."

11. Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror by Richard Linthicum, Trumbull White (1906)
"... Caracas Devastated — Tidal Waves Accompany the Earthquakes — Juan Fernandez Island Shaken — Fissures engulf Men and Animals — Peculiar Effects Observed. ..."

12. Complete Story of the Martinique and St. Vincent Horrors by William A. Garesché (1902)
"... Glimpse of the Lower Regions—Falling Buildings engulf Fleeing Men and Women—A Carnival of Horrors—Destruction of Shipping in the Harbor—Later Eruptions. ..."

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