Meaning of “engulf” - Learner’s Dictionary

engulf

verb [ T ] uk us /ɪnˈɡʌlf/
COVER

to surround or cover someone or something completely:

[ often passive ] The house was quickly engulfed in flames.
AFFECT STRONGLY

to affect a place or a group of people quickly and strongly:

Panic is threatening to engulf the country.

(Definition of “engulf” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)