encircle

verb
en·​cir·​cle | \ in-ˈsər-kəl , en-\
encircled; encircling; encircles

Definition of encircle

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from encircle

encirclement \ in-​ˈsər-​kəl-​mənt , en-​ \ noun

Examples of encircle in a Sentence

A crowd of reporters encircled the mayor. communication satellites encircling the earth

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Its buildings are wedged between cemeteries that themselves are wedged among homes, all of which encircle the eight-day encampment of rides, gambling and concessions that make this Fun Fair such a trip back in time. Maria Panaritis, Philly.com, "St. Denis Fun Fair: I dare you to say this Havertown tradition, now 50, will ever die. | Maria Panaritis," 4 May 2018 Steelworkers in 2016 encircled the European Union headquarters in Brussels, demanding action to curb Chinese dumping. Chuin-wei Yap, WSJ, "How China Built a Steel Behemoth and Convulsed World Trade," 24 Dec. 2018 The cheesemaker nearly encircled the 1,000-square-foot kitchen with windows, allowing for a constant live demonstration of the handcrafted artisanal process. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Connected to the Craft," 3 Dec. 2018 And in central Colorado’s Park County, crews encircled a third of a spotty fire that forced the Buffalo Creek Wilderness to close. Washington Post, "Wildfires rage through California amid heat rage," 8 July 2018 The dancers often encircled the singers or, in one visually poetic scene, processed slowly past the musicians while swaying and, one by one, falling away. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "At Emmanuel, lifting a classic story onto the plane of myth," 28 Apr. 2018 Part of Luang Prabang’s modesty is attributable to its geography: The town is situated on a finger of land encircled by the Mekong on one side and the Nam Kahn River on the other; the sprawl that might otherwise happen here is physically impossible. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 Heydari was there, standing around the statue with counterprotesters before the neo-Nazis approached and encircled them. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Aubtin Heydari was nearly killed at the Charlottesville rally last year. This is his story.," 10 Aug. 2018 The forsaken Ariadne was curled up in what looked like a red egg, encircled by two swooping blue waves; the directing was awkward; and the male comedians had some serious ensemble problems in their quartet. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "Staging Reimagined Stories in New Mexico," 6 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of encircle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for encircle

Middle English enserclen

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encircle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of encircle

: to form a circle around (someone or something) : to surround (someone or something)

encircle

verb
en·​cir·​cle | \ in-ˈsər-kəl \
encircled; encircling

Kids Definition of encircle

1 : to make a circle around : surround A deep moat encircles the castle.
2 : to go completely around The dogs encircled the sheep.

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