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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Today, the company’s announcing its new Snapdragon Elite Gaming Platform as a marketing banner that encompasses a host of new features. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 promises big improvements to AI, performance, and connectivity," 5 Dec. 2018 The number of people living with other types of disfigurement, a term that encompasses over a dozen physical conditions, is even larger. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "This Swimwear Line Was Made Specifically for People With Disfigurements," 30 Nov. 2018 Amazon and regional officials have invented the term National Landing to describe the area around the airport that encompasses both Crystal City and Potomac Yards. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Amazon is getting more than $2 billion for NYC and Virginia expansions," 13 Nov. 2018 In Hillsborough County, which encompasses Tampa, a sales-tax hike passed, bringing more money to sidewalks, trails, and transit. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Transit on the ballot: How cities voted to fund transportation," 7 Nov. 2018 The heliosphere is a bubble-like region of space that encompasses not only all 8 planets, not only all 8 planets and Pluto, but far beyond as well. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Voyager 2 Is Getting Close to Interstellar Space," 5 Oct. 2018 The North End property, which encompasses 367, 393 and 424 Homestead Ave., covers 3.5 acres. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Hartford Council Approves Sale Of Blighted North End Property, Tax Agreement For Hydroponics Company," 10 July 2018 The city and county of Honolulu encompasses the entire island of Oahu. Washington Post, "Honolulu City Council set to vote on ride-hailing price cap," 6 June 2018 The small and bustling downtown mostly encompasses Brown, Main, and West Main streets. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, "Wickford Village worth seeking out," 15 May 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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