Definition of encompass in English:



  • 1[with object] Surround and have or hold within.

    ‘this area of London encompasses Piccadilly to the north and St James's Park to the south’
    • ‘Our surroundings encompassed us so completely, it was as if we were in this world all on our own.’
    • ‘They had chosen to walk within the forest encompassing much of the land beyond the Estate.’
    • ‘He it was whom the sorrows of death encompassed…’
    • ‘The image encompassed him, surrounding him in the gruesome pictures of war.’
    • ‘In the novelties of our hourly existing, it is easy enough to recognize how much we have encompassed ourselves within technology.’
    • ‘Surrounding me, encompassing my being as a whole, was a whirlwind of earth and wind, fire and water, increasing in intensity and speed.’
    • ‘The snares of death encompassed me; I suffered distress and anguish.’
    • ‘Furthermore the constructed peptide is completely encompassed within the cutoff radius.’
    • ‘Once upon a time, the door had been inscribed with several lovely characters and a beautiful floral design encompassed the doorway.’
    • ‘He decided that the portal would encompass the entire bed including the carved ivory bench at the foot of the bed.’
    • ‘A cacophony of pounding engines, honking of horns, screeching of brakes and Spanish profanity encompasses me, surround-sound style.’
    • ‘Every dog's life is encompassed within that of their owner.’
    surround, enclose, ring, encircle, circumscribe, skirt, bound, border, fringe
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    1. 1.1Include comprehensively.
      ‘no studies encompass all sectors of medical care’
      • ‘The book is a comprehensive, detailed text that encompasses all aspects of head and neck pathology.’
      • ‘In this context, the term radiation encompasses a wide range of light sources.’
      • ‘Meditation encompasses breathing and relaxation techniques that are designed to help you relax and feel at peace.’
      • ‘The United States has 540 wildlife refuges encompassing nearly 100 million acres.’
      • ‘It operates as a full function timber frame business encompassing sales, design, manufacture and erection.’
      • ‘Telemedicine is an umbrella term that encompasses any medical activity involving an element of distance.’
      • ‘That new design approach encompasses high performance and synchronization.’
      • ‘There is a lack of studies encompassing whole genomes.’
      • ‘Our definition encompasses both individual behaviors and institutional practices.’
      • ‘Learning environments, therefore, must remain interesting and encompass a variety of teaching strategies.’
      • ‘It is a comprehensive document encompassing the increasing breadth of activities associated with our industry.’
      • ‘First, only 29 families of frogs, encompassing approximately 4,800 species, were known till then.’
      • ‘This policy must encompass all aspects of waste management, including waste minimisation, recycling, re-usage and waste disposal.’
      • ‘Our awards also encompass professional areas of life.’
      • ‘In principle, then, cultural studies includes and encompasses literary studies, examining literature as a particular cultural practice.’
      • ‘A well-designed room is a unified whole that encompasses all the other elements and principles of design.’
      • ‘We are entering the Basque region which encompasses a small area of both Northern Spain and Southern France.’
      • ‘Is it because no simple phrase can fully encompass all that happened, all that changed?’
      • ‘Such research, at times, also encompasses what might otherwise be called " business history".’
      • ‘The questionnaire was produced especially for this study, and it encompassed aspects and problems of nursing documentation revealed by the literature review.’
      cover, embrace, include, incorporate, take in, contain, comprise, involve, deal with
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  • 2archaic Cause to take place.

    ‘an act designed to encompass the death of the king’
    • ‘But, foolish though I undoubtedly am, I encompass only my own destruction.’