encompass

verb en·com·pass \ in-ˈkəm-pəs , en- also -ˈkäm- \
Updated on: 18 Dec 2017

Definition of encompass

transitive verb
1 a : include, comprehend
  • a plan that encompasses a number of aims
b : envelop
2 a : to form a circle about : enclose
b obsolete : to go completely around
3 : bring about, accomplish
  • encompass a task

encompassment

play \in-ˈkəm-pə-smənt, en- also -ˈkäm-\ noun

Examples of encompass in a Sentence

  1. The district encompasses most of the downtown area.

  2. a neighborhood encompassed by a highway

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Origin and Etymology of encompass

Middle English

encompass Synonyms


ENCOMPASS Defined for English Language Learners

encompass

verb

Definition of encompass for English Language Learners

  • : to include (something) as a part

  • : to cover or surround (an area)


ENCOMPASS Defined for Kids

encompass

verb en·com·pass \ in-ˈkəm-pəs \

Definition of encompass for Students

encompassed; encompassing
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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