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[ en-sur-kuhl ]

verb (used with object)

, en·cir·cled, en·cir·cling.
  1. to form a circle around; surround; encompass:

    to encircle an enemy.

  2. to make a circling movement around; make the circuit of.


/ ɪnˈsɜːkəl /


  1. tr to form a circle around; enclose within a circle; surround

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Derived Forms

  • enˈcirclement, noun
  • enˈcircling, adjective

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Other Words From

  • en·circle·ment noun
  • unen·circled adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of encircle1

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; en- 1, circle

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Example Sentences

It’s almost like you can’t reach the representatives from those companies, and they cannot get out — they’re sort of encircled by prospective sellers.

An analysis of the additional data, by some of the same researchers who reported the lake’s discovery, also hint at several more pools encircling the main reservoir, a study released online September 28 in Nature Astronomy claims.

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The observations also revealed three distinct rings of dust and gas encircling the stars.

In the 17th century, when Galileo first spied the moon’s mountains, rings encircling Saturn, and satellites orbiting Jupiter, an early telescope of his own making aided his eye.

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Inside, massive, crumbling mosaics depicting Lenin, Marx, and Bulgarian workers encircle a vast auditorium.

Some religious groups even plan to encircle the courthouse on Monday to pray.

Wang's silver cuffs and earrings that encircle the ear, outfitted with dagger-like appendages, were far from demure.

He reached far down into a trousers pocket and tugged to the light of day a roll that his fingers could not encircle.

They then spread out like a fan and began to encircle their antagonists, so as to attack on both sides at once.

He offered his hand, and after a moment's hesitation Koyala permitted his friendly clasp to encircle the tips of her fingers.

She looked at this man, and a suffocating band seemed to encircle her throat.

The aged man raised a weak arm, to encircle the shoulders of his son.


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