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encompass definition


This page has 4 definitions of encompass in English. Encompass is a verb. Examples of how to use encompass in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .


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From Middle English encompassen, equivalent to en- +‎ compass.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪnˈkʌmpəs/, /ən-/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪnˈkʌmpəs/, /-ˈkɑmpəs/, /ɛn-/
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  • Hyphenation: en‧com‧pass


encompass (third-person singular simple present encompasses, present participle encompassing, simple past and past participle encompassed)

  1. (transitive) To form a circle around; to encircle.
  2. (transitive) To include within its scope; to circumscribe or go round so as to surround; to enclose; to contain.
    Synonym: embrace
  3. (transitive) To include completely; to describe fully or comprehensively.
    This book on English grammar encompasses all irregular verbs.
    Synonym: (now rare) comprehend
  4. (transitive) To go around, especially, to circumnavigate.
    Drake encompassed the globe.

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