encircle

verb
en·​cir·​cle | \ in-ˈsər-kəl How to pronounce encircle (audio) , en- \
encircled; encircling; encircles

Definition of encircle

transitive verb

1 : to form a circle around : surround
2 : to pass completely around

Other Words from encircle

encirclement \ in-​ˈsər-​kəl-​mənt How to pronounce encircle (audio) , en-​ \ noun

Examples of encircle in a Sentence

A crowd of reporters encircled the mayor. communication satellites encircling the earth
Recent Examples on the Web The Russian military is trying to encircle Ukrainian troops in the Donbas region by attacking from the north, east and south but has made little progress, experts and Pentagon officials say. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Apr. 2022 The Russian military is trying to encircle Ukrainian troops in the Donbas region by attacking from the north, east and south, but has made little progress, experts and Pentagon officials say. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 The most intensive action was around Donetsk and close to Kharkiv, which lies outside the Donbas but is seen as key to Russia’s apparent bid to encircle Ukrainian troops there. Inna Varenytsia And David Keyton, Chicago Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Intensive shelling was also heard overnight in Kharkiv, a northeastern city that lies outside of the Donbas but is seen one of the gateways the Russians intend to use to encircle Ukrainian forces in the Donbas from the north, the south and the east. David Keyton And Yesica Fisch, ajc, 22 Apr. 2022 To achieve that, analysts say, Russia is likely to try to encircle Ukrainian troops in the east by connecting their troops in the north with their troops in the south. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 Ukrainian officials say Russia may maneuver to try to encircle Ukrainian troops. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2022 In her mind, the family would encircle his bed, filling his final moments with tributes of love and gratitude. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 13 Apr. 2022 The capital escaped the destruction and mayhem that many feared, a fate its suburbs instead suffered as Russian forces tried to encircle Kyiv during their month-long occupation. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of encircle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for encircle

Middle English enserclen

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12 May 2022

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“Encircle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encircle. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for encircle

encircle

verb
en·​cir·​cle | \ in-ˈsər-kəl How to pronounce encircle (audio) \
encircled; encircling

Kids Definition of encircle

1 : to make a circle around : surround A deep moat encircles the castle.
2 : to go completely around The dogs encircled the sheep.

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