encircle

verb
en·​cir·​cle | \ in-ˈsər-kəl How to pronounce encircle (audio) , 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 How to pronounce encirclement (audio) , en-​ \ noun

Examples of encircle in a Sentence

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

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The curly mass of dark hair that encircled the head of state Rep. Jonathan Brostoff is no more after a bill for sign language interpreters passed in the Legislature last week. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawmaker who vowed no haircuts until sign language interpreter bill passed finally gets buzz cut as deaf community cheers," 2 July 2019 Vivi takes a job maintaining the protective fence that encircles the city. Maria Garcia, latimes.com, "Review: Zombies are the threat in the dark fairy tale ‘Endzeit — Ever After’," 25 June 2019 Made of thin brass, the ring’s crown includes more than two dozen small seed pearls that encircle a plate of beveled glass. Stuart Sanders, The Courier-Journal, "Before Burr shot Hamilton, this 1800s Kentucky duel ended in bloodshed," 13 June 2019 Grab a pair of binoculars or a light telescope to glimpse its four largest moons — Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto — and maybe even see the banded clouds that encircle the planet, according to NASA. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "See breathtaking views of Jupiter and its moons with binoculars on Monday," 6 June 2019 Neon red lights encircled the opening while another strand of lights led into the heart of the tunnel, which has white walls. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Inside Elon Musk’s Tunnel to Alleviate ‘Soul-Destroying’ Traffic," 19 Dec. 2018 Fueled by scorching heat and strong winds, several brush fires encircled San Diego County on Friday, incinerating multiple structures and forcing the evacuation of 2,400 people. Karen Pearlman, latimes.com, "Brush fires fueled by high heat, winds slam San Diego County," 7 July 2018 Throughout, her swiveling, zaftig figure was encircled by three scampering, hairy men—so skinny that their ribs poked out—all decked out in fetish gear. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Meet Gerilyn, Tbilisi’s Queen of Drag," 21 Nov. 2018 It is still encircled with orange construction fencing as work to add landscaping and a walkway is being completed. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Novelist Walker Percy appears in Covington's Bogue Falaya Park," 1 June 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 How to pronounce encircle (audio) \
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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