engulf - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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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.