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 encompass (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 entries encompass the majority, if not all, of typical elephant behaviors, which Poole and Granli gleaned from more than 100 references spanning more than 100 years, with the oldest records dating back to 1907. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 9 June 2021 Mindfulness training may encompass things like meditation and positive thinking exercises to ingrain these habits in workers. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Allergic reactions to milk are somewhat similar and can encompass wheezing, vomiting, hives, and a myriad of digestive problems. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 24 May 2021 The union would encompass about 105 employees who work in Forbes' editorial departments, including reporters, editors, designers, photographers, videographers and social media editors. Kerry Flynn, CNN, 18 May 2021 Stimulus Watch, this project will not encompass all past federal stimulus money. Robin Goist, cleveland, 16 May 2021 The gardens encompass 40 acres with more than 3,000 plant species and fluctuating elevation and topography. Priscella Vega, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2021 That can encompass a history of living in regions with few opportunities to buy healthy foods, breathe clean air, and other health problems which are directly associated with more low-income communities. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 14 May 2021 But the song provides an insight into the evolution of Gaye’s music to encompass overtly political themes. Tyina Steptoe, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 May 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encompass. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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