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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.
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Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- to swallow up; overwhelm
- to plunge, as into a gulf
Origin: en- plush gulf
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
transitive verb en·gulfed
To swallow up or overwhelm by or as if by overflowing and enclosing: The spring tide engulfed the beach houses.