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 Now, developer Carlos Mouta plans to move ahead this fall with a second phase that will encompass two of the four buildings on the property. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, 7 Sep. 2021 Overall, the National Park Service, a bureau of the U.S. Department of Interior, oversees 423 areas that encompass 85 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Joy Wallace Dickinson, orlandosentinel.com, 7 Sep. 2021 To realize these ambitions, the company has adopted a set of core values that encompass a commitment to quality by leveraging best industry practices. Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Overlooking the Yarra River, The Langham offers a luxury stay in an iconic location, with many of the 388 rooms offering views that encompass the city skyline, Flinders Street Station, St Paul's Cathedral and the MCG. Keira Alexander, Travel + Leisure, 16 Aug. 2021 No self promotion, simple words that encompass and apply to all ... Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2021 Within two hours of Yao’s call, police commenced a search that would eventually encompass hundreds of personnel from more than a dozen government agencies and an army of volunteers. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 July 2021 Warner Music México and Orfeón Videovox have signed a global digital distribution alliance that will encompass Discos Orfeón's entire musical catalog, Billboard has learned. Griselda Flores, Billboard, 19 July 2021 That includes dimmed hopes for a broader deal that would encompass concerns about Iran’s ballistic missile program and its support for groups that the U.S. and allies consider terrorists. Arsalan Shahla, Bloomberg.com, 21 June 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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“Encompass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encompass. Accessed 20 Sep. 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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