encircle

  • 1Encircle — En*cir cle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Encircled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Encircling}.] [Pref. en + circle: cf. OF. encercler.] To form a circle about; to inclose within a circle or ring; to surround; as, to encircle one in the arms; the army encircled the… …

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  • 2encircle — index border (bound), circumscribe (surround by boundary), comprehend (include), contain (enclose), delimit …

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  • 3encircle — c.1400, from EN (Cf. en ) (1) make, put in + CIRCLE (Cf. circle). Related: Encircled; encircling; encirclement …

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  • 4encircle — *surround, environ, circle, encompass, compass, hem, gird, girdle, ring Analogous words: *enclose, envelop: circumscribe, confine, *limit …

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  • 5encircle — [v] circumscribe band, begird, cincture, circle, circuit, compass, cover, enclose, encompass, enfold, enring, envelop, environ, gird in, girdle, halo, hem in*, inclose, invest, ring, surround, wreathe; concept 758 Ant. let go, unloose …

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  • 6encircle — ► VERB ▪ form a circle around; surround. DERIVATIVES encirclement noun …

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  • 7encircle — [en sʉr′kəl, insʉr′kəl] vt. encircled, encircling 1. to make a circle around; enclose within a circle; surround 2. to move in a circle around encirclement n …

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  • 8encircle — UK [ɪnˈsɜː(r)k(ə)l] / US [ɪnˈsɜrk(ə)l] verb [transitive] Word forms encircle : present tense I/you/we/they encircle he/she/it encircles present participle encircling past tense encircled past participle encircled to completely surround someone or …

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  • 9encircle — encirclement, n. /en serr keuhl/, v.t., encircled, encircling. 1. to form a circle around; surround; encompass: to encircle an enemy. 2. to make a circling movement around; make the circuit of. [1350 1400; ME; see EN 1, CIRCLE] * * * …

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  • 10encircle — verb Encircle is used with these nouns as the object: ↑waist, ↑wrist …

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  • 11encircle — [[t]ɪnsɜ͟ː(r)k(ə)l[/t]] encircles, encircling, encircled VERB To encircle something or someone means to surround or enclose them, or to go round them. [V n] A forty foot high concrete wall encircles the jail... [V n] By 22nd November the Sixth… …

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  • 12Encircle foundation — Infobox Company company name = Encircle Foundation Ltd company ownership = Charity, Company limited by guarantee company type = Private company company slogan = You can make it Count foundation = Encircle, Ireland (2002) location = Dublin,… …

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  • 13encircle — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English enserclen Date: 15th century 1. to form a circle around ; surround 2. to pass completely around • encirclement noun …

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  • 14encircle — verb /ɛnˈsɜrkəl/ To surround, form a circle around …

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  • 15encircle — Synonyms and related words: admit, assimilate, band, begird, beleaguer, belt, belt in, beset, besiege, blockade, bound, box in, cage, chamber, cincture, circle, circuit, circuiteer, circulate, circumambulate, circummigrate, circumnavigate,… …

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  • 16encircle — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. environ, surround, embrace, encompass, enclose; span, ring, loop, girdle. See environment, circumscription. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. encompass, circle, girdle, enclose; see circle , surround 1 , 2 …

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