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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
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  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.

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