encircle

verb

en·​cir·​cle in-ˈsər-kəl How to pronounce encircle (audio)
en-
encircled; encircling; encircles

transitive verb

1
: to form a circle around : surround
2
: to pass completely around
encirclement noun

Examples of encircle in a Sentence

A crowd of reporters encircled the mayor. communication satellites encircling the earth
Recent Examples on the Web The living spaces would encircle two, five-level parking garages, each with hundreds of spots. Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 Apr. 2024 Active black holes are encircled by intense brightness and billion-degree heat, given off by matter falling toward them—think of the fire of an incoming asteroid—while the black hole itself is unthinkably cold, a tiny fraction of a degree above absolute zero. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 30 Mar. 2024 Saginaw, a Democratic stronghold, is encircled by predominantly Republican areas within the larger county. Joey Cappelletti, Quartz, 14 Mar. 2024 Everyone privy to the plan knew that Henry’s charter plane, a 13-seat Gulfstream, could not land directly in Port-au-Prince, where gangs had encircled the main airport, part of a broad and unprecedented assault on the country’s core institutions. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 6 Mar. 2024 In this dining room, wooden wishbone chairs encircle a matching midcentury-style table. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Mar. 2024 An island green encircled by a vast lake on all sides, but for a thin land bridge, the dreams of countless golfers fighting to clinch the PGA Tour’s flagship event – The Players Championship – have sunk into a watery grave alongside their ball. Jack Bantock, CNN, 13 Mar. 2024 The eastern half was dominated by a massive warehouse encircled by roads and parking spaces; undergirding the industrial space were two rows of single family residences. Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 26 Feb. 2024 Following initial Russian setbacks in the attempt to encircle Ukraine from three sides and capture Kyiv, Putin announced a partial mobilization in September 2022. Nathan Hodge, CNN, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English enserclen

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of encircle was in the 15th century

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“Encircle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encircle. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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encircle

verb
en·​cir·​cle in-ˈsər-kəl How to pronounce encircle (audio)
1
: to form a circle around : surround
2
: to go completely around
encirclement noun

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