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Encompass definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ENCOM'PASS, v.t. [from compass.] To encircle; to surround; as, a ring encompasses the finger.
1. To environ; to inclose; to surround; to shut in. A besieging army encompassed the city of Jerusalem.
2. To go or sail round; as Drake encompassed the globe.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory; "This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"; "this should cover everyone in the group" [syn: embrace, encompass, comprehend, cover]

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century 1. a. to form a circle about ; enclose b. obsolete to go completely around 2. a. envelop b. include, comprehend <a plan that encompasses a number of aims> 3. bring about, accomplish <encompass a task> encompassment noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. 1 surround or form a circle about, esp. to protect or attack. 2 contain. Derivatives: encompassment n.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Encompass En*com"pass, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Encompassed; p. pr. & vb. n. Encompassing.] To circumscribe or go round so as to surround closely; to encircle; to inclose; to environ; as, a ring encompasses the finger; an army encompasses a city; a voyage encompassing the world. --Shak. A question may be encompassed with difficulty. --C. J. Smith. The love of all thy sons encompass thee. --Tennyson. Syn: To encircle; inclose; surround; include; environ; invest; hem in; shut up.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(encompasses, encompassing, encompassed) 1. If something encompasses particular things, it includes them. His repertoire encompassed everything from Bach to Schoenberg. = embrace VERB: V n 2. To encompass a place means to completely surround or cover it. The map shows the rest of the western region, encompassing nine states. VERB: V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Surround, environ, compass, gird, engird, belt, encircle, enclose. 2. Invest, beset, besiege, surround, hem in, wall in, lay siege to.

Moby Thesaurus

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