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
The "three weeks" of the title encompass both Max's expedition, in December 2000, and the experiences of another American, hunting lions in west-central Africa, in December 1899.
Note that throughout this entry ˜science™ and cognate terms encompass only the natural sciences.
I would argue that although these labels encompass a wider array of political thought than party classifications, they are dangerous to critical thought.
The title of this work is The Vain Man, and Daumier is at pains to show off this self-vaunting individual as nothing more nor less than what the limits of that title encompass.
Their service calls encompass an area from Rockford to Clinton, Iowa and Monroe,
Their titles encompass: Asian American Studies, Asia Studies, Martial Arts, Traditional Chinese
"mind" or the German word "Geist," the Sanskrit and Tibetan Buddhist terms encompass a much larger scope of meaning than that of either the English or German renderings of them.
It -- you know, I've said it before, but the camera lens isn't -- isn't big enough to kind of encompass all the suffering and all the -- all the images that we're seeing.
_Briton_, who esteems Merit in Rags, and contemns the Vicious, tho 'encompass'd with a Crowd of Servants, and distinguish'd by the glaring
Said the Wazir, O my lord Kamar al-Zaman, Allah’s name encompass thee about!