[ en-kuhm-puh s ]
/ ɛnˈkʌm pəs /

verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. encoignure,
  2. encolpion,
  3. encomiast,
  4. encomienda,
  5. encomium,
  6. encopresis,
  7. encore,
  8. encounter,
  9. encounter group,
  10. encounter session

Origin of encompass

First recorded in 1545–55; en-1 + compass

Related formsen·com·pass·ment, nounun·en·com·passed, adjective

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/ (ɪnˈkʌmpəs) /

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsencompassment, noun

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Word Origin and History for encompassed



1550s, from en- (1) "make, put in" + compass. Related: Encompassed; encompasses; encompassing.

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