verb \in-ˈsər-kəl, en-\

: to form a circle around (someone or something) : to surround (someone or something)

Full Definition of ENCIRCLE

transitive verb
:  to form a circle around :  surround
:  to pass completely around
en·cir·cle·ment \-mənt\ noun

Examples of ENCIRCLE

  1. A crowd of reporters encircled the mayor.
  2. <communication satellites encircling the earth>

Origin of ENCIRCLE

Middle English enserclen
First Known Use: 15th century


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