Pronunciation: (en-kum'pus), [key]
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. Obs.to outwit.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.