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Definition include in scope; or surround
  • This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds
encompasses = includes
  • She suggests expanding the treaty to encompass large developing nations.
  • The new evidence is causing officials to broaden their investigation to encompass the finances of all family members.
  • Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions which move with him like flies on a summer day.
    Bertrand Russell
  • Lucy faced the situation bravely, though, like most of us, she only faced the situation that encompassed her.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • And yet who does not feel that very love, though boundless, encompassed within the centre of his being,
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • encompassed = contained (surrounded)
  • Haven't I encompassed it myself?
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Now you've been," and Buddy's gesture encompassed the hill, the pines and the severe, snow-gabled buildings breaking up the rolling landscape, "here."
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • A tearing agony encompassed his breast.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • He passed again and again amid whirring blades and sweet odours of grass, encompassing with narrowing circles the sacred centre of the field.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Until recently, she had not known what that might encompass in LuLing's case.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • His bulky hands all but encompassed the narrow waist "Like drownin', see?
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Matson swept an arm, encompassed all of Cowpertown, "-this counts.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • The woman made a few final, all-encompassing passes with her spray, then pulled off her gloves and lifted back her hood.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • If I threatened her, then and afterwards, with the terrors that encompassed her, did I hold them in my right hand?'
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • It was an all-encompassing, shattering, deafening din, thundering rather than echoing, between the high peaks of the Hindu Kush.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • It completely encompasses the distant tree, making it glow a hot blue-white and causing the surrounding air to crackle with electricity.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Size encompasses life, and the Tower encompasses Size.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • Her faculties, her energy, her passion, were all dispersed again; she felt as if a cold, dark mist had suddenly encompassed her.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • From this time, an inviolable sphere of peace encompassed the lowly heart of the oppressed one,—an ever-present Saviour hallowed it as a temple.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin

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