Definition of encompass in English:



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

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