en·com·pass /ɪnˈkʌmpəs, ɛn ||ˈkɑm-/
En·com·pass v. t. [imp. & p. p. Encompassed p. pr. & vb. n. Encompassing.] To circumscribe or go round so as to surround closely; to encircle; to inclose; to environ; as, a ring encompasses the finger; an army encompasses a city; a voyage encompassing the world.
A question may be encompassed with difficulty. --C. J. Smith.
The love of all thy sons encompass thee. --Tennyson.
Syn: -- To encircle; inclose; surround; include; environ; invest; hem in; shut up.
v : include in scope; include as part of something broader; have
as one's sphere or territory; "This group encompasses a
wide range of people from different backgrounds"; "this
should cover everyone in the group" [syn: embrace, comprehend,