Encompass means to contain. When you see the word, picture a campus which encompasses lecture halls, a football field, a medical center, a dining hall and some parking lots.

Encompass can be used when talking about anything that contains something else. A lecture on Edward Hopper might encompass all aspects of his life and art, a work of art could encompass many techniques, and a policeman's jurisdiction may encompass an entire state. The continental U.S. encompasses 48 states. This entry encompasses many examples of the word encompass in use!

Definitions of encompass

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”
comprehend, cover, embrace
address, cover, deal, handle, plow, treat
act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression
Type of:
have as a part, be made up out of

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