encompass

verb

en·​com·​pass in-ˈkəm-pəs How to pronounce encompass (audio)
en-,
 also  -ˈkäm-
encompassed; encompassing; encompasses

transitive verb

1
a
: include, comprehend
a plan that encompasses a number of aims
b
2
a
: to form a circle about : enclose
b
obsolete : to go completely around
3
: bring about, accomplish
encompass a task
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 more than 2,800 acres of land that encompassed the settlement, known as Kikacéki, will be returned to the tribe. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2024 In Victorian times, Highgate was known as a distinct village separate from London, but in modern times as the city has grown, the location has become encompassed into the metropolitan area. Anna Gordon, TIME, 20 June 2024 Redstone may pursue a sale of her National Amusements Inc. holding company alone, instead of trying to construct a deal that also encompasses all of Paramount Global. Todd Spangler, Variety, 19 June 2024 These encompassed a new metal buckle inspired by the shape of the mountains seen on bags in the Meisterstück collection and the M Lock 4810 buckle that popped up on the Extreme 3.0 line of backpacks and travel bags. Andrea Onate, WWD, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for encompass 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English

First Known Use

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

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

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“Encompass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encompass. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

encompass

verb
en·​com·​pass in-ˈkəm-pəs How to pronounce encompass (audio)
-ˈkäm-
1
: to form a circle about : surround
2
a
: to cover or surround especially so as to hide or protect
b
: to take in as a part : include
encompassment noun

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