engulf

Engulf is a verb that means being completely surrounded, soaked, or covered. Fire, snow, smoke, flood waters, or even violence are a few things that could engulf you.

Suppose an amusement park had a ride called Into the Whirlpool. Sounds like one for thrill-seekers who aren't afraid of water. Riders should expect to get lost inside, fully absorbed by the experience. The word engulf comes from the Old French word golfe, meaning "whirlpool," and the prefix en-, meaning "in or into." Riders of Into the Whirlpool should expect to feel engulfed — surrounded by water and completely covered.

Definitions of engulf
  1. verb
    flow over or cover completely
    “The bright light engulfed him completely”
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    type of:
    enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, wrap
    enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
  2. verb
    devote (oneself) fully to
    synonyms: absorb, engross, immerse, plunge, soak up, steep
    immerse, plunge
    cause to be immersed
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    types:
    drink, drink in
    be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to
    type of:
    center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet
    direct one's attention on something
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