Pronunciation: (en-kum'pus),[key] —v.t. 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.