Definition of engulf:
sop up, affect, assimilate, plunge, soak up, imbibe, crush, steep, suck, occupy, draw, overwhelm, absorb, take over, ingest, bury, suck up, souse, plunk, dive, immerse, dump, eat up, engross, overpower, swallow up, engage, flush, infuse, prostrate, overwhelm, whelm, cover, full, take up, launch, swallow, overflow, overcome, take in.
- exceed (part of speech: verb)
- flood (part of speech: verb)
- immerse (part of speech: verb)
- exceeded (part of speech: verb)
The familiar illustrations are the Mohammedan conquests that swept victoriously across the Bosporus and conquered Constantinople, also across northern Africa, and surged into southern Europe over the Straits of Gibraltar and threatened for a time completely to engulf the Western civilization.- "The Makers and Teachers of Judaism", Charles Foster Kent.
The man of reflection and imagination sees his race crawling ant- like over its tiny speck of slowly cooling earth and surrounded by titanic and ruthless forces which threaten at any moment to engulf it.- "Preaching and Paganism", Albert Parker Fitch.
- "Political Pamphlets", George Saintsbury.