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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 verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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