What does encompass mean?

Definitions for encompass
ɛnˈkʌm pəsen·com·pass

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. embrace, encompass, comprehend, coververb

    include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory

    "This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"; "this should cover everyone in the group"


  1. encompassverb

    To form a circle around; to encircle.

  2. encompassverb

    To include within its scope; to circumscribe or go round so as to surround; to enclose; to contain.

  3. encompassverb

    To include completely; to describe fully or comprehensively.

    This book on English grammar encompasses all irregular verbs.

  4. encompassverb

    To go around, especially, to circumnavigate.

    Drake encompassed the globe.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Encompassverb

    Etymology: from compass.

    Look how my ring encampasseth thy finger;
    Ev’n so thy breast encloseth my poor heart. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Two strong ligaments encompass the whole head of the femur. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

    Poetick fields encompass me around,
    And still I seem to tread on classick ground. Addison.

    He, having scarce six thousand in his troop,
    By three and twenty thousand of the French
    Was round encompassed, and set upon. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Encompassverb

    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


  1. Encompass

    Encompass, the Enterprise Computing Association, was the original computer user group for business customers of Hewlett-Packard. Encompass's history begins with DECUS, founded in 1961, for customers of the Digital Equipment Corporation, which was acquired in 1998 by Compaq. The U.S. Chapter incorporated as the user group Encompass U.S. Hewlett-Packard acquired Compaq in 2002. Encompass continued as an HP user group, aimed at business customers of all of HP's hardware, software, and services. The Encompass mission was to promote technical information exchange among its members and between the members and Hewlett-Packard. The Connect User Group Community, formed from the consolidation in May, 2008 of Encompass, Interex EMEA, and ITUG is Hewlett-Packard’s largest user community representing more than 50,000 participants. See Connect for more information. The Encompass Board at the time of the consolidation consisted of Nina Buik, Kristi Browder, Glen Kuykendall, Anthony Ioele, Steve Davidek, Dena Wright, John Maynen, Clyde Poole, and Bill Johnson. Two former directors were credited with being instrumental in facilitating the consolidation, Chris Koppe and Jim Becker.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Encompass

    en-kum′pas, v.t. to surround or enclose: (obs.) to go round.—n. Encom′passment.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. encompass

    To describe a circle about; to go around; to encircle; to inclose; to environ; as, an army encompasses a city; a ship’s voyage encompasses the world.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of encompass in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of encompass in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of encompass in a Sentence

  1. White House:

    Text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok andLisa Pagein 2016 that were obtained by Fox News on Tuesday refer to then-candidate Donald Trump as a ‘loathsome human’ and ‘an idiot.’ More than 10,000 texts between Strzok and Page were being reviewed by the Justice Department after Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe after it was revealed that some of them contained anti-Trump content. The messages were sent during the 2016 campaign and contain discussions about various candidates. … House Intelligence Committee investigators have long regarded Strzok as a key figure in the chain of events that began when the bureau, in 2016, received the infamous anti-Trump ‘dossier’ and launched a counterintelligence investigation into Russian meddling in the election that ultimately came to encompass FISA surveillance of a Trump campaign associate.

  2. Rafay Baloch:

    Cyber Security is NOT the Military Force, though it may encompass it.

  3. Sam Giles:

    There are over 60,000 species of living jawed vertebrates, and they encompass pretty much everything you can think of [with a backbone] that lives on land or in the sea, but we don't really know what they looked like when they split.

  4. Walt Whitman:

    My final merit I refuse you, I refuse putting from me what I really am, Encompass worlds but never try to encompass me, I crowd your sleekest and best by simply looking toward you. Writing and talk do not prove me, I carry the plenum of proof in my face, With the hush of my lips I wholly confound the skeptic.

  5. Stephen Miller:

    Equity is the sanitized term of choicedeployed by the hard-Left to encompass the entirepanoplyof government policies that institutionalize Critical Race Theory into the machinery of government, equity is CRT put into practice: It demolishes and replaces equality as the foundational principle of American life and wields fearsome federal government power to exclude, punish,prejudge, evaluate, stereotype,segregate, and obsessively categorize American citizens on the basis of skin color.

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  • شملArabic
  • заобикалям, включвам, съдържам, обкръжавам, обхващамBulgarian
  • zahrnovatCzech
  • umfassen, einschließen, abdecken, umgeben, beinhalten, enthalten, umschließenGerman
  • circundar, abarcar, englobar, rodearSpanish
  • käsittää, sisältää, ympäröidäFinnish
  • fevna umFaroese
  • englober, inclure, encercler, comprendre, entourer, renfermerFrench
  • धरनाHindi
  • felastIcelandic
  • comprendere, racchiudere, includere, circondareItalian
  • לְהַקִיףHebrew
  • 包含するJapanese
  • მოცვა, გარშემორტყმა, გარშემოვლება, მოიცავსGeorgian
  • hindirrandin, hewandin, dorpêç kirinKurdish
  • omfatteNorwegian
  • omvatten, bevattenDutch
  • omfattaNorwegian Nynorsk
  • omfatteNorwegian
  • otaczać, otoczyć, obejmowaćPolish
  • abarcar, circundar, compreender, englobar, rodear, conterPortuguese
  • окружи́ть, охва́тывать, включа́ть, заключи́ть, окружа́ть, включи́ть, содержа́ть, заключа́ть, охвати́тьRussian
  • innehålla, inkludera, omfatta, inringaSwedish
  • சூழ்ந்திருக்கிறதுTamil
  • 環繞Chinese

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