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

     

    encompass

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈkʌmpəs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkʌmpəs//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they encompass
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈkʌmpəs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkʌmpəs//
     
    he / she / it encompasses
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈkʌmpəsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkʌmpəsɪz//
     
    past simple encompassed
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈkʌmpəst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkʌmpəst//
     
    past participle encompassed
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈkʌmpəst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkʌmpəst//
     
    -ing form encompassing
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈkʌmpəsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkʌmpəsɪŋ//
     
     
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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.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (formerly also as incompass): from en-, in- ‘within’ + compass.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: encompass