If a city is entirely within a county, this is an example of when the county encompasses the city.
- to shut in all around; surround; encircle
- to contain; include
- to bring about; achieve; contrive: to encompass its destruction
transitive verben·com·passed, en·com·pass·ing, en·com·pass·es
- To form a circle or ring around; encircle.
- To enclose; envelop: “The blackness of the eternal night encompassed me” (Edgar Allan Poe).
- To have as part of something larger; include: a galaxy encompassing billions of stars. See Synonyms at include.
(third-person singular simple present encompasses, present participle encompassing, simple past and past participle encompassed)
- To form a circle around; to encircle.
- To include within its scope; to circumscribe or go round so as to surround; to enclose; to contain.
- To include completely; to describe fully or comprehensively.
- This book on English grammar encompasses all irregular verbs.
- To go around, especially, to circumnavigate.
- Drake encompassed the globe.
en- + compass