Etymology
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engulf (v.)

1550s, from en- (1) "make, put in" + gulf (n.) or else from Old French engolfer. Originally of seas, whirlpools, etc.; by 1711 of fire and other mediums. Figurative use from 1590s. Related: Engulfed; engulfing.

updated on August 30, 2014

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Definitions of engulf from WordNet

engulf (v.)
devote (oneself) fully to;
Synonyms: steep / immerse / plunge / engross / absorb / soak up
engulf (v.)
flow over or cover completely;
The bright light engulfed him completely
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