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1Wrap 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, wrap, wrap up, engulf, encircle, encompass, cocoon, sheathe, encase, encloseView synonyms
- ‘The viewer is enveloped in the distorted, alien sounds she hears around her.’
- ‘Mist soon enveloped them, and they continued blindly, moving slowly and deliberately.’
- ‘A low hiss filled the chamber as the blue mist slowly enveloped my body.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘As you listen to the patter, you are enveloped in a linguistic blanket, soothed and entertained.’
- ‘The work comprises six small paintings in two rows, all enveloped in misty tones.’
- ‘My eyes snap open, yet I'm still enveloped in darkness.’
- ‘Unexpected warmth suddenly enveloped my shoulders, making my head snap up in surprise.’
- ‘It looked as if the entire world was enveloped in friendship.’
- ‘Hence the sense of rage that now envelops both modernists and traditionalists alike.’
- ‘She turned the knob and was enveloped in a shroud of fetid air as the door swung open.’
- ‘His tall imposing figure entered the room, his presence immediately enveloping me.’
- ‘The trailer suggests a film that will envelop the viewer in a whirlwind of emotions.’
- ‘Sounds envelop the listener and fill the room.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I attempted to get the keys a few times until darkness completely enveloped me.’
- ‘He nodded toward her, and was soon enveloped in a hug by Shannon.’
- ‘The warmth immediately enveloped her and he grinned dazzlingly.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 (of troops) surround (an enemy force)‘their assignment was to envelop the head of the enemy column and destroy it’
- ‘The advanced guard would fix the enemy, while the flanking formations would envelop the enemy to block its withdrawal.’
- ‘The air assault battalion had landed to envelop this position and prevent reinforcements.’
- ‘This force would attack south and penetrate enemy defenses around the city of Kursk to envelop remaining enemy forces in the salient.’
- ‘The first group who attacked on June 25 were soon routed, and then eventually Custer's troops were enveloped.’
- ‘Fighting in the open is highly mobile, the troops can use all sorts of maneuvering and enveloping movements, and can attack the enemy's rear.’
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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