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

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 According to a statement jointly released by Palomar and Kindred Thursday, the facility will cost $100 million to construct, is anticipated to open in 2024 and will encompass 90,000 square feet in three stories. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 July 2022 These barriers go beyond cost and can encompass things like timing, product knowledge and awareness, and even product durability. Rebecca Brooks, Forbes, 23 May 2022 Hopefully thank-yous can be much more appropriate and really fully encompass what Black mothers are accomplishing on a daily basis. Rayna Reid, Essence, 6 May 2022 But experts also say allowable uses of the funds under federal guidelines can encompass a pretty wide range of uses. Lily Altavena, Detroit Free Press, 12 Apr. 2022 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced last week that the area would encompass waters extending from St. Matthew Island in the Bering Sea to the edge of Canadian waters in the Arctic. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Apr. 2022 McKay said those proposals encompass the major discussion points for a rules change, which requires at least 24 votes to pass. Dave Birkett, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2022 Its seven LPs include more than 50 tracks that span the years from 1928 to 2021 and are broken down into sections that encompass the realms of classical, pop-rock, jazz, film scores and the world of Broadway and the Great American Songbook. Chris Willman, Variety, 7 June 2022 Walker expects Kroenke’s company to come up with a new land-use design that will encompass the entire site. Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2022 See More

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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 7 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for encompass


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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