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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In The Press, Chris Macias has an all-encompassing guide to this summer’s best winery concerts. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Do we drink the same wine that the Romans drank? Not quite," 13 June 2019 Next week, June 17-21, the University of Texas at San Antonio’s College of Education and Human Development and UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures will host an all-encompassing Mexican American Studies Teachers’ Academy. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio an epicenter of newfound appreciation for Mexican American Studies," 13 June 2019 That group encompasses Rex 1516, Jet Wine Bar, and Cafe Ynez and will expand to include a new Rex nearby as well as Sor Ynez in Kensington. Michael Klein, https://www.inquirer.com, "Chef chat: Marini is in at Porch & Proper, Regan joins Messina Social Club project," 6 June 2019 The Associated Press spoke to a variety of people on Tehran’s streets recently, ranging from young and old, women wearing the all-encompassing black chador to those loosely covering their hair. Mehdi Fattahi, The Seattle Times, "In Iran, a plunging economy trumps fears of US confrontation," 19 May 2019 But for fans taking a pilgrimage to see Wright’s masterpiece, another local site offers a more all-encompassing architectural experience. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "A Frank Lloyd Wright resort in Pennsylvania adds a new home," 3 May 2019 And when the door finally opened, the techno was all-encompassing, ricocheting off the concrete walls. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Prada Resort After-Party Was Pretty, Pink, and Thumping," 3 May 2019 If Razer can pull off an all-encompassing haptic ecosystem? Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Razer HyperSense's vision for haptic-filled PC gaming shakes up the future of peripherals," 10 Jan. 2019 The result is a kaleidoscopic effect that can feel all-encompassing at times. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s trippy new take on Tetris will put you in the zone," 31 Oct. 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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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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to take the place or position of

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