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encompass

verb en·com·pass \in-ˈkəm-pəs, en- also -ˈkäm-\

: to include (something) as a part

: to cover or surround (an area)

Full Definition of ENCOMPASS

transitive verb
1
a :  to form a circle about :  enclose
b obsolete :  to go completely around
2
a :  envelop
b :  include, comprehend <a plan that encompasses a number of aims>
3
:  bring about, accomplish <encompass a task>
en·com·pass·ment \-pə-smənt\ noun
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Examples of ENCOMPASS

  1. The district encompasses most of the downtown area.
  2. a neighborhood encompassed by a highway

Origin of ENCOMPASS

Middle English
First Known Use: 14th century
ENCOMPASS Defined for Kids

encompass

verb en·com·pass \in-ˈkəm-pəs\
en·com·passeden·com·pass·ing

Definition of ENCOMPASS for Kids

1
:  to cover or surround :  encircle <Mountains encompass the peaceful valley.>
2
:  include <The subject of social studies encompasses history, civics, and geography.>

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