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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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 On the front derailleur, adjust the L screw until the inner side of the cage that encircles the chain is as close as possible to the chain without scraping against it. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How to Adjust a Bicycle Derailleur," 6 Mar. 2019 They were encircled by mourners including women shrouded in black Islamic robes, many of them weeping as a brass band played for the procession. Fox News, "Iranians attend funeral for soldiers killed in Iran-Iraq war," 13 Sep. 2018 On the outer circle, four 18-foot-tall glass light poles are encircled by bronze framework that overlaps and stretches upward. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "City releases renderings of Boston Marathon bombing memorial," 25 May 2018 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

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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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