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 Rockford is home to the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County which encompass 44 individual forest preserves for the purpose of protecting the natural beauty of the county, as well as for education and recreation. Roger Sands, Forbes, 2 May 2022 The analysis of 199 districts, which together encompass more than 86% of the state’s high school students, found that ticketing occurred in at least 141. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, 28 Apr. 2022 Beginning April 1, parking meters in Zones 1 and 4, which encompass the downtown core, Mass Ave and Broad Ripple, will increase from $1.50 an hour to $1.75 an hour. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Mar. 2022 Every two weeks, researchers collected data from these samples, which encompass all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Tasnim Ahmed And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, 1 Mar. 2022 Subsequent theorists have argued that big-tent approaches, which can encompass dozens of other fleeting labels under a few broad spectra, would ultimately provide that durability. Eleanor Cummins, Wired, 27 Feb. 2022 Company culture is a wide-ranging concept, which can encompass everything from whether employees include their gender pronouns in their email signatures to whether meetings tend to be agenda-driven or meandering. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 24 Jan. 2022 The answer is directly tied with U.S. government guidance for testing companies through a long-term plan, which could also encompass the larger medical supply industry. Jeff Fischer, STAT, 19 Jan. 2022 Newsom’s vision also complements city planning goals in Los Angeles, including for Central City and Central City North, which encompass 70,927 of the city’s 2019 population of more than 3.9 million. Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 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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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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