from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To form a circle or ring around; surround. See Synonyms at surround.
- transitive v. To enclose; envelop.
- transitive v. To constitute or include: a survey that encompassed a wide range of participants.
- transitive v. To accomplish; achieve.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To form a circle around; to encircle.
- v. To include within its scope; to circumscribe or go round so as to surround; to enclose; to contain.
- v. To include completely; to describe fully or comprehensively.
- v. To go around, especially, to circumnavigate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To circumscribe or go round so as to surround closely; to encircle; to inclose; to environ
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To form a circle about; encircle.
- To environ; inclose; surround; shut in: as, the besieging army encompassed Jerusalem.
- To go or sail round: as, Drake encompassed the globe.
- To get into one's toils; get round; gain power over.
- To compass or bring about; accomplish.
- Synonyms To gird, invest, hem in, shut up.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory
en- + compass (Wiktionary)