AskDefine | Define engulf

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1 engross (oneself) fully; "He immersed himself into his studies" [syn: steep, immerse, plunge, engross, absorb, soak up]
2 flow over or cover completely; "The bright light engulfed him completely"

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  1. To overwhelm.
    Desperation engulfed her after her daugther's death.
  2. To surround; to cover.
    Only Noah survived when the Flood engulfed earth.


surround; cover

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