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.
Syn. -- To encircle; inclose; surround; include; environ; invest; hem in; shut up.
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