Definition of encircle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

encircle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsɜːkl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsɜːrkl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they encircle
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsɜːkl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsɜːrkl//
 
he / she / it encircles
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsɜːklz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsɜːrklz//
 
past simple encircled
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsɜːkld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsɜːrkld//
 
past participle encircled
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsɜːkld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsɜːrkld//
 
-ing form encircling
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsɜːklɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsɜːrklɪŋ//
 
 
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encircle somebody/something (formal) to surround somebody/something completely in a circle Jack's arms encircled her waist. The island is encircled by a coral reef. Snow covered the encircling hills. Word Origin late 16th cent. (formerly also as incircle): from en-, in- ‘within’ + circle.
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