- 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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Related Wordsinvolvement, incorporation, formation, admittance, creation, success, effort, accomplishment, attainment, victory, realization, performance, deed, feat, triumph, personification, archetype, symbol, apotheosis, exemplar
Examples from the Web for encompassment
- 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 encompassment
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