Adjective "envelop" definition and examples

(Envelop may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ɛnˈvɛləp//ɪnˈvɛləp/

Definitions and examples

verb

Wrap up, cover, or surround completely.
  1. figurative 'a feeling of despair enveloped him'
  2. 'He ascended Mount Sinai, enveloped in clouds and thunder and lightning.'
  3. 'Hence the sense of rage that now envelops both modernists and traditionalists alike.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'He nodded toward her, and was soon enveloped in a hug by Shannon.'
  6. 'The trailer suggests a film that will envelop the viewer in a whirlwind of emotions.'
  7. 'Mist soon enveloped them, and they continued blindly, moving slowly and deliberately.'
  8. '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.'
  9. 'Seating just 100, everyone in the audience is enveloped in the music-making and has a chance to meet the musicians.'
  10. 'The warmth immediately enveloped her and he grinned dazzlingly.'
  11. 'Unexpected warmth suddenly enveloped my shoulders, making my head snap up in surprise.'
  12. 'The advanced guard would fix the enemy, while the flanking formations would envelop the enemy to block its withdrawal.'
  13. 'The air assault battalion had landed to envelop this position and prevent reinforcements.'
  14. '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.'

More definitions

verb (used with object), enveloped, enveloping.

1. to wrap up in or as in a covering: The long cloak she was wearing enveloped her completely.

2. to serve as a wrapping or covering for, as a membrane of an organ or a sheath.

3. to surround entirely.

4. Military. to attack (an enemy's flank).

noun

5. envelope.

Origin

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.