- to shut in all around; surround; encircle
- to contain; include
- to bring about; achieve; contrive: to encompass its destruction
If a city is entirely within a county, this is an example of when the county encompasses the city.
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
- Today, the website offers a wide range of materials to help users discover the many options healthy eating habits can encompass, as well as providing constant updates and ongoing support as users work their way toward better food awareness.
- The plan is broken into an assessment and nine other steps that encompass: how to achieve your optimal weight through diet and portion control as well as the benefits of physical activity and lifestyle changes beyond diet and exercise.
- She knelt in front of him and stood on her knees, lifting her arms to encompass his neck.
- How am I supposed to encompass so much information in only one lecture?
- The training will encompass how to administer first aid and CPR.