[en-sur-kuh l]

verb (used with object), en·cir·cled, en·cir·cling.

to form a circle around; surround; encompass: to encircle an enemy.
to make a circling movement around; make the circuit of.

Nearby words

  1. enchoric,
  2. encina,
  3. encina, juan del,
  4. encincture,
  5. encipher,
  6. encke,
  7. encke's comet,
  8. encke's division,
  9. encl.,
  10. enclasp

Origin of encircle

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

Related formsen·cir·cle·ment, nounun·en·cir·cled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for encircle



(tr) to form a circle around; enclose within a circle; surround
Derived Formsencirclement, nounencircling, adjective

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Word Origin and History for encircle



c.1400, from en- (1) "make, put in" + circle. Related: Encircled; encircling; encirclement.

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