engulf (engulfs, present participle engulfing; past and past participle engulfed)

  1. (transitive) To overwhelm.
    Desperation engulfed her after her daughter's death.
    • 2013 June 18, Simon Romero, "Protests Widen as Brazilians Chide Leaders ↗," New York Times (retrieved 21 June 2013):
      Shaken by the biggest challenge to their authority in years, Brazil’s leaders made conciliatory gestures on Tuesday to try to defuse the protests engulfing the nation’s cities.
    • 1934, The Modern Monthly, vol 8, page 308:
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  2. (transitive) To surround; to cover.
    Only Noah and his family survived when the Flood engulfed the world.
  3. (transitive) To cast into a gulf.
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