V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to overwhelm, envelop, or swallow up something completely

Synonyms: envelop, surround, swallow, overcome, overwhelm, bury, immerse, cover, engross

Antonyms: subside

Tips: Since a gulf is a body of water, engulf can be remembered as the action of a flood that covers, surrounds, or overwhelms. (i.e: Once there was dry land, and now it's engulfed in water.) Think of any situation where you are, all of a sudden, engulfed (overwhelmed, swallowed) by something. Newspapers often use this word as it succinctly conveys drama.

Usage Examples:

At the ceremony, her parents were engulfed with emotion. (overcome)

The rising tide will soon engulf the small island. (surround, envelop, cover)

Anarchy engulfed the nation after the dictator was removed from power. (engrossed, overwhelmed)

As soon as he stepped out of the limo, the actor was engulfed by crazed fans. (surrounded, overwhelmed)

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