- To engulf is defined as to completely cover, surround, or overwhelm.
When snow completely covers the ground, this is an example of a time when snow engulfs the ground.
Snow has engulfed this house.
- to swallow up; overwhelm
- to plunge, as into a gulf
Origin of engulfen- + gulf
transitive verben·gulfed, en·gulf·ing, en·gulfs
(third-person singular simple present engulfs, present participle engulfing, simple past and past participle engulfed)