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encompass

[en-kuhm-puh s] /ɛnˈkʌm pəs/
verb (used with object)
1.
to form a circle about; encircle; surround:
He built a moat to encompass the castle.
2.
to enclose; envelop:
The folds of a great cloak encompassed her person.
3.
to include comprehensively:
a work that encompasses the entire range of the world's religious beliefs.
4.
Obsolete. to outwit.
Origin of encompass
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; en-1 + compass
Related forms
encompassment, noun
unencompassed, adjective
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  • Newbury's delight in her, his tender worship of her, seemed to enwrap and encompass her.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • You encompass the earth with one particular spot of it in your eye.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • But machines could not hope to encompass all the irrationality of Man.

    Mezzerow Loves Company Floyd L. Wallace
  • Fly, fly, pretty cloud, and encompass yon pavilion with your form.

    Ixion In Heaven Benjamin Disraeli
  • Let us transform and amplify that power and we encompass—destruction.

British Dictionary definitions for encompass

encompass

/ɪnˈkʌmpəs/
verb (transitive)
1.
to enclose within a circle; surround
2.
to bring about; cause to happen; contrive: he encompassed the enemy's ruin
3.
to include entirely or comprehensively: this book encompasses the whole range of knowledge
Derived Forms
encompassment, noun
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Word Origin and History for encompass
v.

1550s, from en- (1) "make, put in" + compass. Related: Encompassed; encompasses; encompassing.

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