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 Lighting that would encompass the skatepark and walkway is also expected to be added if enough money can be raised. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'I hope to see you there one day': Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk gives a shoutout to the future Oconomowoc skatepark," 23 Apr. 2021 At the end of November, when Michigan was at the center of a fresh rise in infections that would eventually encompass the entire nation, the state averaged more than 7,000 cases a day for 10 days. Talal Ansari, WSJ, "Michigan’s Spring Covid-19 Surge Is Close to Previous Pandemic High," 21 Apr. 2021 Marrow Fine-The Pearl and Diamond Pavé earring reimagines the classic pearl with small white diamonds that encompass what Marrow Fine holds true, taking a timeless silhouette and redefining it for a modern woman. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, "Mother’s Day Gift Guide: The Most Stylish Accessories," 19 Apr. 2021 Some states are passing laws that encompass a broader range of indications that someone might become violent. Arkansas Online, "VIOLENT REALITY: Arkansas ranks 7th in gun deaths, but weapons restrictions not on table," 17 Apr. 2021 So either quantum physics will absorb relativity or relativity will absorb quantum — no one thinks that’s going to happen — or there’s a third theory that will then encompass them both: string theory or something else. David Marchesephotograph By Mamadi Doumbouya, New York Times, "Neil deGrasse Tyson Thinks Science Can Reign Supreme Again," 17 Apr. 2021 Goldman’s experience suggests that ESG might bring with it a revival of active management that will also encompass ETFs. Fortune, "When it comes to ESG investing, algorithms can’t match up with bankers," 12 Apr. 2021 Last month, the council advanced a measure that could go before voters this fall calling for the city to create a new Department of Public Safety that would encompass a broader health and social approach to fighting crime. Los Angeles Times, "As trial of officer charged with murdering George Floyd transfixes nation, the future of policing is on the line," 12 Apr. 2021 Much of the state's Asian American population are concentrated in three counties that encompass North Carolina's primary metro areas. Juan Alejandro Olarte-cortes, CNN, "Delay in redistricting threatens Black and Asian residents in two southern states, some Democrats fear," 4 Apr. 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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27 Apr 2021

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“Encompass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encompass. Accessed 5 May. 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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