encircle

[ en-sur-kuh l ]
/ ɛnˈsɜr kəl /

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.

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Origin of encircle

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

OTHER WORDS FROM encircle

en·cir·cle·ment, nounun·en·cir·cled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for encirclement

encircle
/ (ɪnˈsɜːkəl) /

verb

(tr) to form a circle around; enclose within a circle; surround

Derived forms of encircle

encirclement, nounencircling, adjective
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