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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Jacob Evans III wandered around the paint, nearly encircled by 180 kids eager to pepper him with questions during Wednesday’s Warriors basketball camp at San Mateo High School. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ Jacob Evans eyes fresh chance on new-look team," 17 July 2019 The incident happened July 4 in the Cobblestone condo and townhome community in Pembroke Pines, which is nestled along a curve of Interstate 75 about six miles east of the Everglades in Broward County and largely encircled by canals. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Snake safety urged after water moccasin lurking outside Florida man’s home bites him," 10 July 2019 Perrone, 70, has sternly presided over his church, an imposing stone edifice encircled by abandoned lots in downtown Detroit. Washington Post, "Archdiocese removes prominent Detroit priest from pulpit," 8 July 2019 For 25 years, Perrone has presided over his church, known locally as Assumption Grotto, an imposing stone edifice encircled by abandoned lots in downtown Detroit. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit priest removed by archdiocese because of 'credible' sexual abuse allegation," 7 July 2019 For 25 years, Perrone has presided over his church, known locally as Assumption Grotto, an imposing stone edifice encircled by abandoned lots in downtown Detroit. Mike Householder, BostonGlobe.com, "Accused of sex abuse, prominent Detroit priest is removed from the pulpit," 7 July 2019 Next to the base was a telecommunication tower, shiny and new, also encircled by crude fencing. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "The Government Cut Their Internet. Will Abuses Now Remain Hidden?," 2 July 2019 That crucial thematic element means even more when the play is performed on an Ellicott City hilltop encircled by tall trees. Mike Giuliano, baltimoresun.com, "Outdoor production of 'Macbeth' in Ellicott City casts its spell," 13 June 2019 The cerebrally throbbing dance party continued under the moon, the stadium encircled by the silhouettes of towering pine trees against the night sky adding a touch of Northwest magic to the proceedings. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Review: Death Cab for Cutie, ODESZA’s Bellingham love fest starts summer early," 20 May 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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