from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To form a circle or ring around; surround. See Synonyms at surround.
  • transitive v. To enclose; envelop.
  • transitive v. To constitute or include: a survey that encompassed a wide range of participants.
  • transitive v. To accomplish; achieve.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To form a circle around; to encircle.
  • v. To include within its scope; to circumscribe or go round so as to surround; to enclose; to contain.
  • v. To include completely; to describe fully or comprehensively.
  • v. To go around, especially, to circumnavigate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To circumscribe or go round so as to surround closely; to encircle; to inclose; to environ

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To form a circle about; encircle.
  • To environ; inclose; surround; shut in: as, the besieging army encompassed Jerusalem.
  • To go or sail round: as, Drake encompassed the globe.
  • To get into one's toils; get round; gain power over.
  • To compass or bring about; accomplish.
  • Synonyms To gird, invest, hem in, shut up.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory


en- +‎ compass (Wiktionary)



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