Definition of encompass in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈkəmpəs/
Pronunciation: /enˈkəmpəs/


1 [with object] Surround and have or hold within: a vast halo encompassing the Milky Way galaxy
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  • Surrounding me, encompassing my being as a whole, was a whirlwind of earth and wind, fire and water, increasing in intensity and speed.
  • A cacophony of pounding engines, honking of horns, screeching of brakes and Spanish profanity encompasses me, surround-sound style.
  • They had chosen to walk within the forest encompassing much of the land beyond the Estate.
surround, enclose, encircle, circumscribe, bound, border
literary gird, engird
rare compass
1.1Include comprehensively: no studies encompass all aspects of medical care
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  • In principle, then, cultural studies includes and encompasses literary studies, examining literature as a particular cultural practice.
  • The questionnaire was produced especially for this study, and it encompassed aspects and problems of nursing documentation revealed by the literature review.
  • This policy must encompass all aspects of waste management, including waste minimisation, recycling, re-usage and waste disposal.
cover, embrace, include, incorporate, take in, contain, comprise, involve, deal with, range across
formal comprehend
2 archaic Cause (something) to take place: an act designed to encompass the death of the king
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  • But, foolish though I undoubtedly am, I encompass only my own destruction.



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  • Nor does it unproblematically endorse modernity and globalization which, via colonialism, postcolonial dependence, and transnational capitalist encompassment, have fuelled the grim conditions now widely noted.
  • Same-sex siblings particularly and the members of the sibling set are considered to be ‘as one’, but there is a hierarchical encompassment in this unity based on birth order.
  • At the confluence of agrarian and suburban landscapes, the building's encompassment of so many forces and imagery without is a productive strategy.

Words that rhyme with encompass

compass, rumpus

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Syllabification: en·com·pass

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