Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Thesaurus

encompass

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of encompass

  1. 1 to form a circle around <a necklace of sapphire-blue lakes encompasses the town> Synonyms circle, compass, embrace, encircle, enclose (also inclose), surround, environ, gird, girdle, ring, wreatheRelated Words circumscribe, close in, cordon (off), fence (in), hem (in), wall; beset, besiege, entrench (also intrench), invest, swarm

  2. 2 to have as part of a whole <textbooks on American history are now likely to encompass its social history as well as its political and military history> Synonyms carry, comprehend, contain, embrace, include, entail, involve, number, subsume, take inRelated Words comprise, consist (of); bracket; have, hold, own, possess; admit, receive; compose, constitute, form, make; assimilate, embody, incorporate, integrateNear Antonyms ban, bar, debar, preclude, prevent, prohibit; deny, refuse, reject; eliminate, except, rule out; lose, mislay, misplaceAntonyms exclude, leave (out), miss out [British], omit

  3. 3 to surround or cover closely <a fog of mystery has long encompassed this fraternal organization, which is known for its secret rituals> Synonyms bosom, bower, circumfuse, cocoon, embosom, embower, embrace, enclose (also inclose), enfold, enshroud, enswathe, envelop, enwrap, invest, involve, lap, mantle, muffle, shroud, swathe, veil, wrapRelated Words curtain, drape; embed (also imbed), encase; swaddle; blanket, overlay, overspread; camouflage, cloak, disguise, mask; circle, encircle, enlace, enwindNear Antonyms bare, denude, expose, strip





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up encompass? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a very small amount

Get Word of the Day daily email!