To envelop is to surround something completely. But an envelope is a piece of paper you put your love note in and lick to seal. With enVElop, the accent is on the second syllable, while with ENvelope, the accent is on the first.

Envelop means to wrap around something completely, to surround, either literally or figuratively. Fog can envelop a city, but love might also envelop a person's mind. Here are some envelops in the wild:

Gradually this veil spread inland and quietly enveloped all things on shore. (Lillian Elizabeth Roy)

Kenya had been enveloped in violence following the contested presidential elections in December 2007. (Forbes)

An envelope is a flat piece of paper used to enclose — or envelop — documents. To push the envelope means to approach the limits of something. You might hear the envelope, please when you're waiting to find out who won an Oscar. Here are some envelopes waiting to be opened:

Related links in NPG Funding models can push the envelope, but at what cost? (Nature)

Mr. Warner drew the letter from its envelope, began casually running through it. (Inez Haynes Gillmore)

When love envelops your brain, you might forget to seal the envelope for your mushy letter. If it falls out for all to see, embarrassment might envelop you!