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English definition of “engulf”

engulf

verb [T] uk   /ɪnˈɡʌlf/ us  
to surround and cover something or someone completely: The flames rapidly engulfed the house. Northern areas of the country were engulfed by/in a snowstorm last night. The war is threatening to engulf the entire region.
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