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 Dictionary entry overview: What does encompassing mean? 

ENCOMPASSING (adjective)
  The adjective ENCOMPASSING has 2 senses:

1. broad in scope or content
2. closely encircling

  Familiarity information: ENCOMPASSING used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

ENCOMPASSING (adjective)

Sense 1encompassing [BACK TO TOP]


Broad in scope or content


encompassing; blanket; all-inclusive; all-encompassing; all-embracing; across-the-board; broad; extensive; panoptic; wide

Context examples:

across-the-board pay increases / an all-embracing definition / blanket sanctions against human-rights violators / an invention with broad applications / a panoptic study of Soviet nationality / granted him wide powers


comprehensive (including all or everything)

Sense 2encompassing [BACK TO TOP]


Closely encircling


circumferent; surrounding; encompassing

Context examples:

encompassing mountain ranges / the surrounding countryside


close (at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other)

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