tr.v. en·com·passed, en·com·pass·ing, en·com·pass·es
1. To form a circle or ring around; encircle.
2. To enclose; envelop: "The blackness of the eternal night encompassed me" (Edgar Allan Poe).
3. To have as part of something larger; include: a galaxy encompassing billions of stars. See Synonyms at include.
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