Make Your Editor Cry: Envelop vs. Envelope

Make Your Editor Cry: Envelop vs. Envelope

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 heart. When something envelops you, it wraps around you. A quality sleeping bag envelops your body, leaving only your head uncovered.

An envelope is a flat piece of paper used to enclose—or envelop—documents. To push the envelope means to approach and attempt to exceed the limits of something. You might hear the envelope, please when you’re waiting to find out who won an Oscar. An envelope is something that envelops, or wraps around. It usually refers to the thing you stick a stamp on and snail mail.

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

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