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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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  • And if man is a perfect being, yet he doth not encompass all things.

  • You encompass the earth with one particular spot of it in your eye.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • By trying to encompass your waist with your fingers and thumbs, force all the air out of the lungs.

    The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  • Fly, fly, pretty cloud, and encompass yon pavilion with your form.

    Ixion In Heaven Benjamin Disraeli
  • A bleakness and melancholy seemed to encompass the spot on this sombre day.

    The Red Redmaynes Eden Phillpotts
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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