en·​com·​pass | \ in-ˈkəm-pəs How to pronounce encompass (audio) , en- also -ˈkäm- \
encompassed; encompassing; encompasses

Definition of encompass

transitive verb

1a : include, comprehend a plan that encompasses a number of aims
2a : to form a circle about : enclose
b obsolete : to go completely around
3 : bring about, accomplish encompass a task

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Other Words from encompass

encompassment \ in-​ˈkəm-​pə-​smənt How to pronounce encompassment (audio) , en-​ also  -​ˈkäm-​ \ noun

Examples of encompass in a Sentence

The district encompasses most of the downtown area. a neighborhood encompassed by a highway
Recent Examples on the Web These animals need a lot of space—their home range can encompass up to 600 square miles. Fox News, "10 different kinds of bear: Everything you need to know about the huge mammals," 10 Mar. 2020 This includes an array of designer lighting, such as pendant lights and chandeliers, but also encompasses furniture, like wall clocks, mirrors, and fans. Kate Tully Ellsworth, USA TODAY, "You can get a major discount on designer decor right now," 2 Mar. 2020 Most of the closures will begin at 4:30 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. and encompass the area around Main Street Garden Park, where the rally is being held. Catherine Marfin, Dallas News, "Several streets in downtown Dallas to close Sunday for Pete Buttigieg rally," 1 Mar. 2020 But experience also encompasses more than many companies expect, Mr. Maeda said. Nat Ives, WSJ, "How Tech Makes an Experience Out of Everything," 28 Feb. 2020 More than 15 million residents lie within what the federal government considers the U.S.-Mexico borderland, encompassing the communities from Texas to California and extending 62 miles inland on each side of the border. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "Warren releases plan for border communities," 27 Feb. 2020 According to a long line of Whiggish authors, regimes that recognize encompassing and stable property rights will prosper. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "How ‘Big Law’ Makes Big Money," 28 Jan. 2020 Under his direction, the band has grown more than 500% and now encompasses nearly 50% of the total school population. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Recording Academy's Music Educator Award Goes to Male Educator for Sixth Time in Seven Years," 24 Jan. 2020 Mr Baron tracks the first such ruling to a 16th-century Latin grammar, which declared the masculine the more honourable gender that, where necessary, encompasses the feminine. The Economist, "Johnson Who do they think they are?," 18 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of encompass

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for encompass

Middle English

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25 Mar 2020

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“Encompass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encompass. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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How to pronounce encompass (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of encompass

: to include (something) as a part
: to cover or surround (an area)


en·​com·​pass | \ in-ˈkəm-pəs How to pronounce encompass (audio) \
encompassed; encompassing

Kids Definition of encompass

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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