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.
- To form a circle or ring around; surround. See Synonyms at surround.
- To enclose; envelop.
- To constitute or include: a survey that encompassed a wide range of participants.
- To accomplish; achieve.