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encompass

English

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to encompass

Third person singular
encompass

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to encompass (third-person singular simple present encompass, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To form a circle around; to encircle.
  2. (transitive) To include within its scope; to circumscribe or go round so as to surround; to enclose; to contain.
  3. (transitive) To include completely; to describe fully or comprehensively.
    This book on English grammar encompasses all irregular verbs.
  4. (transitive) To go around, especially, to circumnavigate.
    Drake encompassed the globe.

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References

  • "encompass" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.

encompass” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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