AskDefine | Define encompass

Dictionary Definition

encompass v : include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory; "This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"; "this should cover everyone in the group" [syn: embrace, comprehend, cover]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To form a circle around; to encircle.
  2. To include within its scope; to circumscribe or go round so as to surround; to enclose; to contain.
  3. To include completely; to describe fully or comprehensively.
    This book on English grammar encompasses all irregular verbs.
  4. To go around, especially, to circumnavigate.
    Drake encompassed the globe.


  • Dutch: omvatten
  • French: entourer
  • German: umfassen
  • Kurdish: dorpêç kirin
  • Old English: bebugan
  • Portuguese: rodear, circundar, conter
  • Spanish: rodear, circundar
  • Dutch: bevatten
  • Finnish: käsittää, sisältää
  • French: englober, inclure, comprendre, renfermer
  • German: umfassen
  • Italian: includere, racchiudere
  • Kurdish: hindirrandin, hewandin
  • Portuguese: compreender, abarcar, englobar
  • Spanish: abarcar, englobar


Extensive Definition

Encompass, the Enterprise Computing Association, is a computer user group for business customers of Hewlett-Packard. Encompass's history begins with DECUS, founded in 1961, for customers of the Digital Equipment Corporation, which was acquired in 1998 by Compaq U.S. Chapter incorporated as the user group Encompass U.S.
Hewlett-Packard acquired Compaq in 2002. Encompass continues as an HP user group, aimed at business customers of all of HP's hardware, software, and services.
The Encompass mission is to promote technical information exchange among its members and between the members and Hewlett-Packard.
Encompass partnered with first Compaq and then Hewlett-Packard on national technical conferences (in the U.S.):
Encompass also has a number of Local User Groups (LUGs) throughout the U.S., and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) on various topics.
Encompass also runs webcasts, local seminars, and other programs.
Encompass manages the pre-conference seminar program and trade show at the HP Technology Forum & Expo.
Non-U.S. Encompass organizations include:
encompass in Spanish: Encompass

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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