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Definition of encompass verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they encompass
    he / she / it encompasses
    past simple encompassed
    -ing form encompassing
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  1. 1encompass something to include a large number or range of things The job encompasses a wide range of responsibilities. The group encompasses all ages.
  2. 2encompass something to surround or cover something completely The fog soon encompassed the whole valley.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: encompass