encompass

verb
en·​com·​pass | \ in-ˈkəm-pəs How to pronounce encompass (audio) , en- also -ˈkäm-\
encompassed; encompassing; encompasses

Definition of encompass

transitive verb

1a : include, comprehend a plan that encompasses a number of aims
b : envelop
2a : to form a circle about : enclose
b obsolete : to go completely around
3 : bring about, accomplish encompass a task

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Other Words from encompass

encompassment \ in-​ˈkəm-​pə-​smənt How to pronounce encompassment (audio) , en-​ also  -​ˈkäm-​ \ noun

Examples of encompass in a Sentence

The district encompasses most of the downtown area. a neighborhood encompassed by a highway

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The collection now encompasses not only outerwear and suits, but daywear dresses and separates. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "In a Season of Sensational Runway Tailoring, the Best Investment Might Be a Suit from the Little Italian Label Giuliva Heritage," 6 Mar. 2019 His extravagant fashion shows encompassed everything from a floral fantasy to a faux street protest, burnishing the halo around the label. Andrea Felsted, The Seattle Times, "Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy is more than just Chanel suits," 19 Feb. 2019 This encompasses various types of disordered eating including atypical anorexia nervosa, or when someone exhibits symptoms of anorexia nervosa—like intense calorie restriction—without the severe weight loss. Kimberly Truong, SELF, "8 Signs It’s Time to See a Therapist About Your Relationship With Food," 29 Jan. 2019 His Finca Altozano now encompasses the original outdoor grill restaurant, a tortas truck, an ice-cream shop, and the pop-up dinner series Animalón under a 100-year-old oak tree. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 The institution's campus encompasses that of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "All the Details on George H. W. Bush's Funeral," 6 Dec. 2018 Some of the dating apps now allege that Facebook is copying their apps, encompassing their features into its main market-dominating powerhouse. Drew Harwell And Elizabeth Dwoskin, chicagotribune.com, "Facebook's dating service is a chance to meet the catfisher, advertiser or scammer of your dreams," 4 May 2018 Microsoft split its Windows business and put it under two broad engineering groups during its March reorganization, one that focuses on devices and Windows and Office software, and the other encompassing cloud and artificial intelligence. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "Former Windows chief Terry Myerson heads to Madrona Venture Group," 23 Oct. 2018 The narrow proposal is separate from another immigration bill Republicans will consider next week, which encompasses DACA, border security, and visas. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "House May Vote on Indefinite Immigrant Detention Bill," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of encompass

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for encompass

Middle English

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encompass

verb

English Language Learners Definition of encompass

: to include (something) as a part
: to cover or surround (an area)

encompass

verb
en·​com·​pass | \ in-ˈkəm-pəs How to pronounce encompass (audio) \
encompassed; encompassing

Kids Definition of encompass

1 : to cover or surround : encircle Mountains encompass the peaceful valley.
2 : include The subject of social studies encompasses history, civics, and geography.

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