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encompass

[en-kuhm-puh s]
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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.
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Origin of encompass

First recorded in 1545–55; en-1 + compass
Related formsen·com·pass·ment, nounun·en·com·passed, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • All the afternoon they wandered about, until black night encompassed them.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

  • There was a wedge-shaped garden in front, and it was encompassed by chestnut-trees.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • I felt I ought to marry her at once to shield her from the dangers that encompassed her.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • They have encompassed them with gardens, and filled them with fountains.

    Tancred

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • The top rises in a cone, or pyramid of stone, encompassed by battlements.


British Dictionary definitions for encompassed

encompass

verb (tr)
  1. to enclose within a circle; surround
  2. to bring about; cause to happen; contrivehe encompassed the enemy's ruin
  3. to include entirely or comprehensivelythis book encompasses the whole range of knowledge
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Derived Formsencompassment, noun
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Word Origin and History for encompassed

encompass

v.

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

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