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verb [transitive]     engulf pronunciation in British English
/ɪnˈɡʌlf/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyengulf
he/she/itengulfs
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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