[ en-kuhm-puh-sing ]
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  1. forming a circle around something; encircling or surrounding: She serves the whole Anchorage real estate market, including the encompassing communities.

  2. comprehensively including, addressing, or dealing with all parts or aspects of something: Whether as a regular treatment or a special indulgence, your fully encompassing spa experience will leave you looking and feeling fantastic!

  1. fully enclosing or enveloping something: As she looked out reflectively over the lake, the encompassing quiet was sliced by the shrill sound of her cell phone.

  1. the act or state of surrounding, enclosing, or comprehensively including something: The term “diaspora” allows for the encompassing of a wider range of people and experiences than “immigrants.”

Origin of encompassing

First recorded in 1565–75; encompass + -ing2 for the adjective senses; encompass + -ing1 for the noun sense

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