[ awl-en-kuhm-puh-sing ]
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  1. taking in or including everything; comprehensive, universal, or all-embracing: The diner features an all-encompassing menu, including breakfast, brunch, lunch, snacks, cocktails, and dinner, in a range of cuisines.

Origin of all-encompassing

First recorded in 1800–10

Words Nearby all-encompassing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use all-encompassing in a sentence

  • Socialism would introduce, indeed, the most vexatious and all-encompassing absolutist government ever invented.

  • What she was doing was not of herself; she had been moved to it by all-encompassing influences above, around, and beneath.

    Pierre; or The Ambiguities | Herman Melville
  • Inside the all-encompassing, roasting grid of the melting suit, Lonnie writhed.

    Zero Data | Charles Saphro
  • No one to kneel beside him and pray for light in that awful, all-encompassing dark!

  • For a brief moment he succeeded, then the grayness moved in like an all-encompassing curtain.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery | Harold Leland Goodwin