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
2a : to form a circle about : enclose
b obsolete : to go completely around
3 : bring about, accomplish encompass a task

Keep scrolling for more

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
Recent Examples on the Web Those temporary closures encompass more than 20 million acres of land. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "The massive West Coast wildfires have killed 7 and forced hundreds out of their homes," 10 Sep. 2020 The hardcover fiction and nonfiction lists also encompass a mix of adult, young adult and juvenile titles while the business list features only adult hardcover titles. WSJ, "Bestselling Books Week Ended August 29," 3 Sep. 2020 Others worry that mobile apps fail to encompass the full gamut of tracing’s activities, which include connecting ill people with resources and information, such as advice on how to isolate safely. Lois Parshley, National Geographic, "The magnitude of America’s contact tracing crisis is hard to overstate," 1 Sep. 2020 The reasons for this skepticism encompass several factors. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: ‘Finish the Fight’ marks the centennial of 19th amendment’s ratification," 27 Aug. 2020 These lands encompass much of the state’s eastern half, including Tulsa, Oklahoma’s second-largest city, reports Ann E. Marimow for the Washington Post. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "What a New Supreme Court Decision Means for Native American Sovereignty," 10 July 2020 Home Edition had morphed from a three-day conference into a once-weekly, three-hour block of online programming that would ultimately come to encompass eight weekly sessions and a total of 31 panels. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "ASCAP's Annual Conference Went Virtual and Reached 10,000 Members: Here's What Organizers Learned," 24 Aug. 2020 The eruv will roughly encompass the area east of the Milwaukee River from North Avenue in Milwaukee to Silver Spring Drive in Whitefish Bay. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new eruv that is going up in the North Shore will allow Orthodox Jews to work around religious laws," 18 Aug. 2020 The finished expansion will encompass 50,000 square feet including new exhibit space, a recording studio and a theater. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Motown Museum expansion lands $3M from ex-Microsoft CEO's nonprofit," 17 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'encompass.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of encompass

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for encompass

Middle English

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about encompass

Time Traveler for encompass

Time Traveler

The first known use of encompass was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for encompass

Last Updated

17 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Encompass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encompass. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for encompass


How to pronounce encompass (audio)

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.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on encompass

What made you want to look up encompass? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!