- to form a circle about; encircle; surround: He built a moat to encompass the castle.
- to enclose; envelop: The folds of a great cloak encompassed her person.
- to include comprehensively: a work that encompasses the entire range of the world's religious beliefs.
- Obsolete. to outwit.
Origin of encompass
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Examples from the Web for encompassed
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They had a unified vision of conspiracy that encompassed Jews, blacks, Zionist bankers, greedy plutocrats, and Bolsheviks.Soviet Communism’s Collapse Left America’s Far Right Without a Real Foe
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The exceptions carved out by the court “encompassed our entire agenda.”Shooting Blanks
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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
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I felt I ought to marry her at once to shield her from the dangers that encompassed her.The Trail of '98
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They have encompassed them with gardens, and filled them with fountains.Tancred
The top rises in a cone, or pyramid of stone, encompassed by battlements.A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland
- to enclose within a circle; surround
- to bring about; cause to happen; contrivehe encompassed the enemy's ruin
- to include entirely or comprehensivelythis book encompasses the whole range of knowledge
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Word Origin and History for encompassed
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