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tr.v. en·com·passed, en·com·pass·ing, en·com·pass·es
1. To form a circle or ring around; encircle.
2. To enclose; envelop: "The blackness of the eternal night encompassed me" (Edgar Allan Poe).
3. To have as part of something larger; include: a galaxy encompassing billions of stars. See Synonyms at include.
1. to enclose within a circle; surround
2. to bring about; cause to happen; contrive: he encompassed the enemy's ruin.
3. to include entirely or comprehensively: this book encompasses the whole range of knowledge.
1. to form a circle about.
2. to enclose.
3. to include comprehensively.
4. to bring about.
Past participle: encompassed
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|Verb||1.||encompass - 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"|
deal, plow, handle, treat, cover, address - act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression; "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China"
include - have as a part, be made up out of; "The list includes the names of many famous writers"
1. include, hold, involve, cover, admit, deal with, contain, take in, embrace, incorporate, comprise, embody, comprehend, subsume His repertoire encompassed everything from Bach to Scott Joplin.
1. To encircle with or as if with a band:
2. To shut in on all sides: