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encircle

[en-sur-kuh l] /ɛnˈsɜr kəl/
verb (used with object), encircled, encircling.
1.
to form a circle around; surround; encompass:
to encircle an enemy.
2.
to make a circling movement around; make the circuit of.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see en-1, circle
Related forms
encirclement, noun
unencircled, adjective
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  • It could start in the countryside and then go on to encircle the cities.
  • Six flames encircle the roof, each capable of throwing frighteningly loud, hot fireball bursts.
  • All the debris that would be kicked up into the atmosphere would probably encircle the globe.
  • There are jogging and cycling paths that encircle the lake.
British Dictionary definitions for encircle

encircle

/ɪnˈsɜːkəl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to form a circle around; enclose within a circle; surround
Derived Forms
encirclement, noun
encircling, adjective
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Word Origin and History for encircle
v.

c.1400, from en- (1) "make, put in" + circle. Related: Encircled; encircling; encirclement.

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