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verb [transitive]     engulf pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleengulfing
past tenseengulfed
past participleengulfed
  1. 1
    to cover or surround something in a way that harms or destroys it

    Several workers died in the landslide that engulfed the old factory.

    be engulfed in something:

    Within minutes, the car was engulfed in flames.

  2. 2
    if a thought or emotion engulfs you, it controls your thoughts or feelings

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