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encircle

Syllabification: en·cir·cle
Pronunciation: /inˈsərk(ə)l
 
, enˈsərk(ə)l
 
/

Definition of encircle in English:

verb

[with object]
Form a circle around; surround: the town is encircled by fortified walls
More example sentences
  • Imagine her surprise when she felt the point of a knife on the small of her back, and a large arm encircling her waist.
  • The cuff is an inelastic cloth that encircles the arm and encloses the inflatable rubber bladder.
  • I didn't get far though, before his arms encircled my waist and pulled me to his wet body.
Synonyms
close in, shut in, fence in, wall in, hem in, confine
literary gird, engirdle

Derivatives

encirclement

1
noun
Example sentences
  • The latest outrage was the encirclement of the city, cutting it off and isolating it from its environment through barricades.
  • The counterattack scored some stunning successes at first, including the encirclement of the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne.
  • This turned allies into enemies, creating a fear of encirclement - and an even greater obsession with military strength.

Words that rhyme with encircle

circle

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