Pronunciation: (en-gulf'), [key]
1. to swallow up in or as in a gulf; submerge: The overflowing river has engulfed many small towns along its banks.
2. to plunge or immerse, as into a gulf: He engulfed himself in his studies. Also,ingulf.
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