encircle

[en-sur-kuh l]
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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.

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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Contemporary Examples of encirclement

Historical Examples of encirclement

  • The fable of the war of defence was helped out with the fable of encirclement.

  • The English "arrangement" consisted in the encirclement of Germany.

    The Kaiser's Memoirs

    William II, German Emperor

  • It was now a salient threatened with encirclement on the north and south.

  • By the shadow's echo of his movements, he could trace a vague outline of encirclement.

    Shock Treatment

    Stanley Mullen

  • The union of these ambitions in a common course of action, duly planned, is what we call the "policy of encirclement."

    The Kaiser's Memoirs

    William II, German Emperor


British Dictionary definitions for encirclement

encircle

verb
  1. (tr) to form a circle around; enclose within a circle; surround
Derived Formsencirclement, nounencircling, adjective
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Word Origin and History for encirclement

encircle

v.

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

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