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English definition of “engulf”

engulf

verb [T]
 
 
/ɪnˈɡʌlf/
COVER to surround or cover someone or something completely: [often passive] The house was quickly engulfed in flames.Enclosing, surrounding and immersing
AFFECT STRONGLY to affect a place or a group of people quickly and strongly: Panic is threatening to engulf the country.Enclosing, surrounding and immersing
(Definition of engulf from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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