1. To form a circle around; to encircle.
  2. To include within its scope; to circumscribe or go round so as to surround; to enclose; to contain.
  3. To include completely; to describe fully or comprehensively.
    This book on English grammar encompasses all irregular verbs.
  4. To go around, especially, to circumnavigate.
    Drake encompassed the globe.

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