–verb (used with object)
1. to form a circle about; encircle; surround: He built a moat to encompass the castle.
2. to enclose; envelop: The folds of a great cloak encompassed her person.
3. to include comprehensively: a work that encompasses the entire range of the world's religious beliefs.
4. Obsolete. to outwit.
1545–55; en- 1 + compass