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encompass

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

Simple Definition of encompass

  • : to include (something) as a part

  • : to cover or surround (an area)

Full Definition of encompass

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to form a circle about :  enclose b obsolete :  to go completely around

  3. 2 a :  envelop b :  include, comprehend <a plan that encompasses a number of aims>

  4. 3 :  bring about, accomplish <encompass a task>

en·com·pass·ment play \-pə-smənt\ noun

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



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