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 Title IX cases typically encompass interviews with those involved and sometimes a hearing in front of a panel through the Title IX Office, Williams said. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "University of Cincinnati investigating after current, former law students accused of rape," 12 Apr. 2021 And the 28-foot ceiling reached up to encompass her cameramen, booms, and lights. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "From the Archive: Tony Duquette's West Hollywood Home and Studio Has a Fascinating History," 9 Apr. 2021 Right now 27 European countries are in partial or full lockdown, including France, which will extend its measures to encompass the whole country for four weeks starting on Saturday. Eve Sneider, Wired, "New Travel Guidelines, Real-World Vaccine Efficacy, and More Coronavirus News," 2 Apr. 2021 Metropolitan Health District officials and some council members have expressed doubt that a registry could encompass all of the city’s vaccine providers as more groceries, pharmacies and medical practices receive doses. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "'Frustration and fear' - Council members aim to force debate on creating a vaccine wait list for San Antonio," 25 Mar. 2021 Orchestra Partners has announced several events as a sneak preview of what its Urban Supply project will eventually encompass - outdoor entertainment and shopping experiences in a setting of downtown renewal. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Pop-up tenants, spring events to jumpstart Parkside’s Urban Supply," 26 Feb. 2021 The project could encompass as many as 660 multi-family units and 47.5 acres of commercial development, according to a presentation last month to Bexar County commissioners. Madison Iszler, ExpressNews.com, "H-E-B buys land along I-10 near Boerne, possibly for new store in mixed-use development," 19 Jan. 2021 Oracle said the effort could encompass a range of topics, including history. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Walmart and Oracle support Trump's idea for TikTok "education fund"," 23 Sep. 2020 Additionally, buyers look to presales to convey why their solution is better to alternatives that may encompass competitive products or doing nothing at all. Freddy Jose Mangum, Forbes, "Why Technology Businesses Should Focus On Presales In The Digital Economy," 18 Mar. 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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The first known use of encompass was in the 14th century

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15 Apr 2021

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“Encompass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encompass. Accessed 20 Apr. 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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