What does engulf mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. steep, immerse, engulf, plunge, engross, absorb, soak upverb

    devote (oneself) fully to

    "He immersed himself into his studies"

  2. engulfverb

    flow over or cover completely

    "The bright light engulfed him completely"


  1. engulfverb

    To overwhelm.

    Desperation engulfed her after her daugther's death.

  2. engulfverb

    To surround; to cover.

    Only Noah survived when the Flood engulfed earth.


  1. engulf

    Engulf means to surround or cover completely, often in a harmful or destructive way. It can refer to a physical action, such as water engulfing a sinking ship, or to abstract events or emotions, such as fear or sadness engulfing a person.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Engulfverb

    to absorb or swallow up as in a gulf

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Engulf

    en-gulf′, Ingulf, in-, v.t. to swallow up wholly, as in a gulf: to cast into a gulf: to overwhelm.—n. Engulf′ment.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of engulf in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of engulf in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of engulf in a Sentence

  1. Matthew Dube (at weed thumb):

    There is no tomorrow and there was no yesterday; if you truly want to accomplish your goals you must engulf yourself in today.Thus all there is to it .

  2. John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

    Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes. It can no longer be of concern to great powers alone. For a nuclear disaster, spread by winds and waters and fear, could well engulf the great and the small, the rich and the poor, the committed and the uncommitted alike. Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.

  3. Melanie Hexen:

    It is a fiery whirlwind that soars across the sky. Let it engulf Brock Allen Turner. (Dan A. Turner) (Judge Aaron Persky).

  4. Aboubacar Mamane:

    The protesters are crying out in local Hausa language: 'Charlie is Satan - let hell engulf those supporting Charlie'.

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    (of a flowering plant) having two cotyledons in the seed
    • A. currish
    • B. dicotyledonous
    • C. pecuniary
    • D. repugnant

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