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encompass (verb) include a wide range of things or persons; surround completely.
A principalís job encompasses a wide range of duties, such as academic, administrative, sports, co curricular and extra curricular nature. That is, his duties include this wide range of responsibilities. Physics encompasses such varied topics as mechanics and atomic structure, thermodynamics and optics. This means that all these topics which are so different from one another are included in physics. Encompass also means to surround completely. The schoolís circular wall encompasses the class rooms, the administrative block, the sports field and the hostel, if all these are surrounded by the high wall of the school. A block of houses encompasses a whole area, if the area is surrounded by the block.
- Forest fires in the valley produced huge smoke that soon encompassed the entire valley, which was hidden by the smoke from the sight of those in the helicopter above.
- The tenure of colonel Bridgman encompassed the two gulf wars, the principalship of a military academy and a term as a military adviser.