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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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 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

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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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