American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To swallow up or overwhelm by or as if by overflowing and enclosing: The spring tide engulfed the beach houses.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To swallow up in or as in a gulf or whirlpool; overwhelm by swallowing or submerging.
- To cast into or as into a gulf.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To absorb or swallow up as in a gulf.
- v. devote (oneself) fully to
- v. flow over or cover completely
- en- + gulf (Wiktionary)
“On the one hand, opponents say a public plan option will be so popular that it will "engulf" the private insurance market -- repeatedly citing the Lewin study that we've already discussed here.”
“MSPs would launch a revolution that would "engulf" Scotland and put socialism back on the agenda across Europe.”
“As the river sweeps away our words and thoughts, our mind gets out of the way to make room for the waves of joy that will soon engulf us and take us on unfathomable spiritual journeys.”
“So the flood did not engulf the whole town, but only a part.”
“NEW YORK—Moody's Investors Service placed Italy—the euro zone's third-largest economy—on notice Friday, warning that its sovereign rating may be imperiled by a weak economy and rising interest rates, just as Europe struggles to contend with a raging debt crisis that threatens to engulf Greece.”
“Violence in Syria threatens to engulf the last corner of the Middle East relatively untouched by the uprisings.”
“More revelations are sure to come, a cleansing flood of leaks that threatens to engulf both the government and senior Canadian Forces figures.”
“Richard Barnbrook, one of the British National party's most senior figures, has been expelled as part of an increasingly bitter feud threatening to engulf the far-right organisation.”
“It has episodes of dewy elegance; it has an amazing smoke-belching event, during which the fire of war seems about to leap from the stage and engulf the stalls.”
“As bond investors dumped Greece's debt in the spring and financial turmoil threatened to engulf other euro-zone nations, Mr. Trichet had grown increasingly frustrated that governments hadn't heeded his warnings over the years about the perils of excessive borrowing.”
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