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
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
Recent Examples on the Web The result: Eat at Panoptic, a rebrand that would encompass the expansion of her catering company with the addition of the truck. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, "Eat at Panoptic: The road to chef Raquel Ervin’s food truck debut," 3 July 2020 The domestic partnership ordinance was brought to the council by Davis to encompass this change in a virtual meeting Thursday evening. Alec Snyder And Mirna Alsharif, CNN, "A Massachusetts city will recognize polyamorous relationships as part of new domestic partnership ordinance," 2 July 2020 The state watchlist already includes 19 of California’s 58 counties — including Santa Clara, Contra Costa and Solano counties — that encompass nearly three-quarters of the state population. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Surge in cases, hospitalizations put Bay Area on high alert for July 4th weekend," 30 June 2020 Today, the concept has been expanded a bit to encompass other features. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "The Condoms of the Face: Why Some Men Refuse to Wear Masks," 29 June 2020 And there’s the fact that a single odor can encompass so many disparate elements. Lidija Haas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 23 June 2020 The changes will encompass the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, Erie, Scranton, Lancaster and Reading. USA TODAY, "Trump going Fourth, college refunds, parks shuttered: News from around our 50 states," 22 June 2020 In doing so, Nunatsiavut has been an early contributor to the change now spreading across Canada’s four Inuit regions, which altogether encompass more than 1.4 million square miles, from the Alaskan border to the Atlantic. Matthew Halliday/undark, Popular Science, "Inuit researchers are leading a scientific movement to understand life on the ice," 29 May 2020 Your focus must expand beyond lure selection to encompass the whole environment in which bass live. Mark Hicks, Field & Stream, "10 Ways to Catch More Largemouth Bass," 15 June 2020

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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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7 Jul 2020

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“Encompass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encompass. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce encompass (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of encompass

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


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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