verb (used with object), en·vel·oped, en·vel·op·ing.

  1. to wrap up in or as in a covering: The long cloak she was wearing enveloped her completely.
  2. to serve as a wrapping or covering for, as a membrane of an organ or a sheath.
  3. to surround entirely.
  4. Military. to attack (an enemy’s flank).


  1. envelope.

verb -lops, -loping or -loped (tr)

  1. to wrap or enclose in or as if in a covering
  2. to conceal or obscure, as from sight or understandinga plan enveloped in mystery
  3. to surround or partially surround (an enemy force)

late 14c., envolupen, “be involved in,” from Old French envoleper (10c., Modern French envelopper) “envelop, cover; fold up,” from en- “in” (see en- (1)) + voloper “wrap up,” of uncertain origin, perhaps Celtic (see Gamillscheg, Diez). Literal sense is from 1580s. Related: Enveloped; enveloping.

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