Definition of encompass :
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.
grasp, beset, compensate, track, pass over, cross, compass, enshroud, cut through, traverse, cut across, extend, shroud, perceive, dig, get over, underwrite, handle, open, environ, address, brood, hem, hide, engird, overlay, cincture, spread over, insure, squeeze, subsume, grok, cover up, bosom, girdle, sweep up, continue, band, begird, report, get across, hatch, comprehend, incubate, treat, get the picture, take in, have, hedge, espouse, overcompensate, breed, girt, plow, belt, hug, adopt, wrap up, ring, savvy, deal, edge, apprehend, engirdle
encircle (part of speech: verb)
include (part of speech: verb)
enclose (part of speech: verb)
- With what object are you trying to encompass my ruin?" - "Eastern Shame Girl The Wedding of Ya-Nei; A Strange Destiny; The Error of the Embroidered Slipper; The Counterfeit Old Woman; The Monastery of the Esteemed-Lotus; A Complicated Marriage", Charles Georges Souli.
- Matho next divided the army into great semicircles so as to encompass Carthage the better. - "Salammbo", Gustave Flaubert.
- There were at least fifty men there, some of them tending a blazing windrow of branches arranged in a large circle to encompass a considerable section of open ground where were heaped several mounds of supplies. - "The Return of Tharn", Howard Carleton Browne.