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[en-kuhm-puh s] /ɛnˈkʌm pəs/
verb (used with object)
to form a circle about; encircle; surround:
He built a moat to encompass the castle.
to enclose; envelop:
The folds of a great cloak encompassed her person.
to include comprehensively:
a work that encompasses the entire range of the world's religious beliefs.
Obsolete. to outwit.
Origin of encompass
1545-55; en-1 + compass
Related forms
encompassment, noun
unencompassed, adjective Unabridged
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  • Many believe we should keep the term planet broad to encompass any non-self-luminous spheroidal object orbiting a star.
British Dictionary definitions for encompass


verb (transitive)
to enclose within a circle; surround
to bring about; cause to happen; contrive: he encompassed the enemy's ruin
to include entirely or comprehensively: this book encompasses the whole range of knowledge
Derived Forms
encompassment, noun
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Word Origin and History for encompass

1550s, from en- (1) "make, put in" + compass. Related: Encompassed; encompasses; encompassing.

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