encompass

[ 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.

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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Examples from the Web for encompassment

  • But mystery I then accepted as the only complement, the encompassment, of what we know of our life.

    Heart of Man|George Edward Woodberry
  • But her encompassment, as is so apt to be the case here, was pitiably mediocre.

British Dictionary definitions for encompassment

encompass

/ (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 encompassment

encompass


v.

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

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