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1 Wrap up, cover, or surround completely:‘a figure enveloped in a black cloak’figurative ‘a feeling of despair enveloped him’
surround, cover, enfold, enwrap, blanket, swathe, swaddle, engulf, encircle, encompass, cocoon, sheathe, encase, enclosecloak, conceal, hide, obscure, screen, shield, mask, veil, shroudmantle, enshroudobnubilateView synonyms
- ‘The warmth immediately enveloped her and he grinned dazzlingly.’
- ‘Anyway my point is it's what's in the mind that counts, and I genuinely believe the essence of the real person is enveloped in their mind and personality and not their physical capability.’
- ‘His tall imposing figure entered the room, his presence immediately enveloping me.’
- ‘She turned the knob and was enveloped in a shroud of fetid air as the door swung open.’
- ‘My eyes snap open, yet I'm still enveloped in darkness.’
- ‘Hence the sense of rage that now envelops both modernists and traditionalists alike.’
- ‘It looked as if the entire world was enveloped in friendship.’
- ‘I attempted to get the keys a few times until darkness completely enveloped me.’
- ‘I watched my best friend and her kids and husband laughing and chatting and I was enveloped in this terrible sense of loss for those days.’
- ‘As you listen to the patter, you are enveloped in a linguistic blanket, soothed and entertained.’
- ‘The viewer is enveloped in the distorted, alien sounds she hears around her.’
- ‘The work comprises six small paintings in two rows, all enveloped in misty tones.’
- ‘The trailer suggests a film that will envelop the viewer in a whirlwind of emotions.’
- ‘Sounds envelop the listener and fill the room.’
- ‘Unexpected warmth suddenly enveloped my shoulders, making my head snap up in surprise.’
- ‘Mist soon enveloped them, and they continued blindly, moving slowly and deliberately.’
- ‘He nodded toward her, and was soon enveloped in a hug by Shannon.’
- ‘A low hiss filled the chamber as the blue mist slowly enveloped my body.’
- ‘He ascended Mount Sinai, enveloped in clouds and thunder and lightning.’
- ‘Seating just 100, everyone in the audience is enveloped in the music-making and has a chance to meet the musicians.’
- 1.1 (of troops) surround (an enemy force):‘their assignment was to envelop the head of the enemy column and destroy it’
Envelop is a verb, stressed on the second syllable and meaning ‘wrap completely’. The noun meaning ‘paper container for a letter’ is envelope, stressed on the first syllable
Late Middle English (formerly also as invelop(e)): from Old French envoluper, from en- in + a second element (also found in develop) of unknown origin.
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