Definition of envelop in English:



  • 1 Wrap up, cover, or surround completely.

    ‘a figure enveloped in a black cloak’
    figurative ‘a feeling of despair enveloped him’
    • ‘Unexpected warmth suddenly enveloped my shoulders, making my head snap up in surprise.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He ascended Mount Sinai, enveloped in clouds and thunder and lightning.’
    • ‘The warmth immediately enveloped her and he grinned dazzlingly.’
    • ‘Hence the sense of rage that now envelops both modernists and traditionalists alike.’
    • ‘The work comprises six small paintings in two rows, all enveloped in misty tones.’
    • ‘The viewer is enveloped in the distorted, alien sounds she hears around her.’
    • ‘Seating just 100, everyone in the audience is enveloped in the music-making and has a chance to meet the musicians.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My eyes snap open, yet I'm still enveloped in darkness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A low hiss filled the chamber as the blue mist slowly enveloped my body.’
    • ‘The trailer suggests a film that will envelop the viewer in a whirlwind of emotions.’
    • ‘He nodded toward her, and was soon enveloped in a hug by Shannon.’
    • ‘Sounds envelop the listener and fill the room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As you listen to the patter, you are enveloped in a linguistic blanket, soothed and entertained.’
    • ‘Mist soon enveloped them, and they continued blindly, moving slowly and deliberately.’
    surround, cover, enfold, enwrap, blanket, swathe, swaddle, engulf, encircle, encompass, cocoon, sheathe, encase, enclose
    cloak, conceal, hide, obscure, screen, shield, mask, veil, shroud
    mantle, enshroud
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    1. 1.1(of troops) surround (an enemy force)
      ‘their assignment was to envelop the head of the enemy column and destroy it’
      • ‘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 advanced guard would fix the enemy, while the flanking formations would envelop the enemy to block its withdrawal.’
      • ‘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.