- to form a circle about; encircle; surround: He built a moat to encompass the castle.
- to enclose; envelop: The folds of a great cloak encompassed her person.
- to include comprehensively: a work that encompasses the entire range of the world's religious beliefs.
- Obsolete. to outwit.
Origin of encompass
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Examples from the Web for encompass
Encompass Develop, Design Construct, LLC A Kentucky-based architect, design and construction service.The 26 Next Hobby Lobbys
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Cormac McCarthy once said that a novel can “encompass all the various disciplines and interests of humanity.”The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
The book is, unsurprisingly, a satire—no other genre could encompass two such divergent topics.3 Must Reads: ‘Kayak Morning,’ ‘Mr. g,’ and ‘Alex Gilvarry’
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The original meaning, of course, did not encompass black people.Why Birthers Won't Die
May 31, 2011
Third, a just peace includes not only civil and political rights -- it must encompass economic security and opportunity.Obama's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
December 10, 2009
Newbury's delight in her, his tender worship of her, seemed to enwrap and encompass her.The Coryston Family
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You encompass the earth with one particular spot of it in your eye.The Mirror of the Sea
But machines could not hope to encompass all the irrationality of Man.Mezzerow Loves Company
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Fly, fly, pretty cloud, and encompass yon pavilion with your form.Ixion In Heaven
Let us transform and amplify that power and we encompass—destruction.
- to enclose within a circle; surround
- to bring about; cause to happen; contrivehe encompassed the enemy's ruin
- to include entirely or comprehensivelythis book encompasses the whole range of knowledge
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Word Origin and History for encompass
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