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encircle

Line breaks: en|cir¦cle
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈsəːk(ə)l
 
, ɛn-/

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
surround, enclose, circle, ring, encompass, circumscribe, border, bound, edge, skirt, fringe, form a ring around, form a barrier round;
literary gird, girdle, engird

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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