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Definition of encompass:

  1. 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.

Synonyms:

grok, belt, compass, overcompensate, pass over, cincture, cut through, hug, take in, comprehend, get the picture, wrap up, extend, cut across, enshroud, treat, report, environ, cover up, traverse, handle, grasp, girdle, open, plow, cross, deal, dig, sweep up, espouse, have, incubate, continue, bosom, engird, breed, adopt, savvy, band, brood, cover, track, edge, insure, girt, hide, perceive, apprehend, subsume, spread over, embrace, underwrite, squeeze, get over, compensate, engirdle, address, hem, beset, begird, ring, shroud, get across, overlay, hedge, hatch.

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