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encompass

Definition:

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

Class:

stative verb (being, having, spatial relations, etc.)

Related to:

encompassment

Past tense:

encompassed

Present participle:

encompassing

3rd-person singular present:

encompasses

Type of:

include

Similar to:

cover

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds

Synonyms:

comprehend | cover | embrace

Etymology:

"en-" (1) "make, put in" + "compass".
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

encompass | surround [synonym, sense-specific] | contrive [synonym, sense-specific] | encompassment [noun, derived]

to enclose within a circle; surround | to bring about; cause to happen; contrive | to include entirely or comprehensively (18 of 478 words, 3 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/encompassing

Wikipedia:

Encompass | Enterprise Computing Association

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... (36 of 427 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Encompass

Merriam-Webster:

encompass | bring about [synonym, sense-specific] | enclose [synonym, sense-specific] | envelop [synonym, sense-specific] | comprehend [synonym, sense-specific] | accomplish [synonym, sense-specific] | include [synonym, sense-specific] | circle [synonym, sense-specific] | compass [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to form a circle about; "enclose" ; [obsolete] to go completely around | "envelop" ; "include", "comprehend" | "bring about", "accomplish" (19 of 149 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/encompass

Oxford Dictionary:

encompass | encompassment [derived]

surround and have or hold within | include comprehensively | [archaic] : cause to take place (14 of 77 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/encompass

Macmillan British Dictionary:

encompass [transitive, formal] | encompassed [past tense] | encompassing [present participle] | encompasses [3rd-person singular present]

to include a lot of people or things ; to include or surround an area completely (16 of 57 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/encompass

Random House Dictionary:

encompass

to form a circle about; encircle; surround. | to enclose; envelop. | to include comprehensively. | [obsolete] to outwit. (16 of 53 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/encompass

Wiktionary:

encompass | encompassed [past tense] | encompassing [present participle] | encompasses [3rd-person singular present] | comprehend [synonym, sense-specific] | embrace [synonym, sense-specific] | include [synonym, sense-specific]

[transitive] To form a circle around; to encircle. | [transitive] To include within its scope; to circumscribe or go round so as to surround; to enclose; to contain. | [transitive] To include completely; to describe fully or comprehensively. | ... (36 of 45 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/encompass

American Heritage Dictionary:

encompass | encompassed [past tense] | encompassing [present participle] | encompasses [3rd-person singular present] | encompassment [noun, related]

To form a circle or ring around; surround. | To enclose; envelop. | To constitute or include | To accomplish; achieve. (18 of 40 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/encompass

Cambridge Dictionary:

encompass [formal]

to include, especially different types of things (7 of 30 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/encompass

New World Dictionary:

encompass | encompassment [noun, related]

to shut in all around; surround; encircle | to contain; include | to bring about; achieve; contrive (15 of 26 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/encompass

Britannica Encyclopedia:

comprehension [mental faculty]

Act of or capacity for grasping with the intellect. The term is most often used in connection with tests of reading skills and language abilities, ... (25 of 59 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/1366567​/comprehension

Encarta Dictionary:

encompass | encompassed [past tense] | encompassing [present participle] | encompasses [3rd-person singular present] | encompassment [noun, derived]

to include a wide or comprehensive range | to surround, envelop, or encircle something | to cause or bring about something (formal) (20 of 70 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608306​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

encompass

First use: 1550s

Origin: "en-" (1) "make, put in" + "compass".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=encompass

Merriam-Webster:

encompass

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/encompass

Wiktionary:

encompass | encompassed [past tense] | encompassing [present participle] | encompasses [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: en- + compass

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/encompass

en-

Origin: Middle English en- ("en-, in-"). Originally from Old French en- (also an-), from Latin in- ("in, into"); but also from an alteration of Middle English in-, from Old English in- ("in, into"), from... (33 of 72 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/en-

compass | compasses [plural] | compassed [past tense] | compassing [present participle]

Origin: For noun: from Middle English compas ("a circle, circuit, limit, form, a mathematical instrument"), from Old French compas, from Medieval Latin compassus ("a circle, a circuit"), from Latin com- ("together") +... (31 of 42 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/compass

Audio references

Wiktionary:

encompass | encompassed [past tense] | encompassing [present participle] | encompasses [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "encompass"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/encompass

Collins Dictionary:

encompass

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "encompass"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/encompass

Macmillan British Dictionary:

encompass [transitive, formal] | encompassed [past tense] | encompassing [present participle] | encompasses [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "encompass"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/encompass

Macmillan American Dictionary:

encompass [transitive, formal] | encompassed [past tense] | encompassing [present participle] | encompasses [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "encompass"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/encompass

Cambridge Dictionary:

encompass [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "encompass"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "encompass"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/encompass

the Free Dictionary:

encompass

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "encompass"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "encompass"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "encompass" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/encompass

Google Dictionary:

encompass | encompassed [past tense] | encompassing [present participle] | encompasses [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "encompass"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=encompass

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

encompass

Audio: North American pronunciation of "encompass"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=encomp​01 word=encompass

YourDictionary Audio:

encompass

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "encompass" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/encompass

freedictionary.org:

encompass

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "encompass" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=encompass

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