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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When complete, the Louisville Loop will include between 100 and 111 miles of trails encircling the entire city, according to the initiative's website. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "'It will be a wedding ring for our city': Everything to know about the Louisville Loop," 28 June 2019 EA Sports FIFA released a brief video of game-play via Twitter, showcasing new environments and arenas of varying size; some of the miniature pitches don't even have a wall encircling the perimeter. SI.com, "FIFA 20: New Game to Include Exciting 'Volta Football' Mo Reminiscent of FIFA Street," 8 June 2019 Anna Sorokin—better known as her alter ego, Anna Delvey—captured the internet's attention last year, encircling the faux heiress in a mix of fascination, hate, and begrudging admiration. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, ""Soho Grifter" Anna Sorokin Enlisted a Stylist for Her Courtroom Look," 28 Mar. 2019 Elastic that encircles the sheet provides a more snug fit, reduces surface bagginess and increases the comfort factor. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018 The new park and playground experience also offers ample seating and a quarter-mile walking path encircling the tranquil setting. Houston Chronicle, "Meridiana opens Explorer’s Park outdoor family play experience," 3 Aug. 2019 Yellow police tape marked the white-and-gray-bricked Imperial Motel on 103rd, and red tape encircled another crime scene inside an alley north of the Lafayette intersection. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "Man, 19, killed, another wounded in Fernwood shooting," 3 Aug. 2019 This led to all manner of misbeliefs, chief among them the notion that the impenetrable polar ice that ships encountered when traveling north encircled an open Polar Sea of warm water. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘North Pole: Nature and Culture,’ grappling with a place beyond time and measure," 3 Aug. 2019 The ecological collapse his policies may precipitate would be felt most acutely within his country’s borders, which encircle 80% of the basin—but would go far beyond them, too. The Economist, "Deathwatch for the Amazon," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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