envelop

When something envelops you, it wraps around you. The Snuggie Blanket is so popular because it envelops your body, leaving only your head uncovered. Sure, it looks dorky, but it keeps you extra warm.

You probably noticed that envelop looks just like the noun envelope, minus that last letter "e", and that's an easy way to help you remember its meaning, too. Picture what an envelope does — it seals a letter completely inside, or envelops it. Envelop can also be used in a symbolic way, to describe something that consumes or occupies your mind. If the pretty girl you just met starts to envelop your thoughts, your work will suffer because you can't concentrate. Envelop comes from the late 14c. word envolupen, meaning "be involved in."

Definitions of envelop
  1. verb
    enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
    “Fog enveloped the house”
    synonyms: enclose, enfold, enwrap, wrap
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    benight
    envelop with social, intellectual, or moral darkness
    tube
    place or enclose in a tube
    capsulate, capsule, capsulise, capsulize
    enclose in a capsule
    engulf
    flow over or cover completely
    sheathe
    enclose with a sheath
    cocoon
    wrap in or as if in a cocoon, as for protection
    bathe
    suffuse with or as if with light
    cover, enshroud, hide, shroud
    cover as if with a shroud
    type of:
    cover
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
Commonly confused words

envelop / envelope

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.

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