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

Example Sentences

The district encompasses most of the downtown area. a neighborhood encompassed by a highway
Recent Examples on the Web The data does not encompass those who died by suicide, which has also been documented at significantly higher rates among LGBTQ people than in the general population. Hannah Schoenbaum, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2022 All of us fit into any number of categories, but those categories don’t fully encompass our identities. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 3 Oct. 2022 Your plan might also encompass charitable giving and other priorities such as travel or paying for educational expenses for your children. Establish a budget. Mia Taylor, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2022 Those numbers encompass what both candidates are slated to spend through the primary and general elections, according to data from media tracking firm AdImpact. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2022 During that timeframe, Rittenberry imagines race weekends may only encompass IndyCar and Indy Lights due to the limited space. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Oct. 2022 Enlarge / Microsoft 365 will encompass Teams, OneDrive, and the suite of productivity apps formerly known as Office. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 13 Oct. 2022 But the rights do encompass any projects derived from the work for video on demand, home video, electronic sell-through, television and merchandise. Katie Reul, Variety, 5 Oct. 2022 And later this year, The Way of Water might encompass the largest number of deliverables ever created for a single movie. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Sep. 2022 See More

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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

Dictionary Entries Near encompass

Cite this Entry

“Encompass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encompass. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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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