Encompass vs Enclosure - What's the difference?

encompass | enclosure |

As a verb encompass

is to form a circle around; to encircle.

As a noun enclosure is

(countable) something enclosed, ie inserted into a letter or similar package.




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


    * comprehend * embrace * include


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    Alternative forms

    * inclosure


  • (countable) Something enclosed, i.e. inserted into a letter or similar package.
  • There was an enclosure with the letter — a photo.
  • (uncountable) The act of enclosing, i.e. the insertion or inclusion of an item in a letter or package.
  • ''The enclosure of a photo with your letter is appreciated.
  • (countable) An area, domain, or amount of something partially or entirely enclosed by barriers.
  • He faced punishment for creating the fenced enclosure in a public park.
    The glass enclosure holds the mercury vapor.
    The winning horse was first into the unsaddling enclosure .
  • (uncountable) The act of separating and surrounding an area, domain, or amount of something with a barrier.
  • The enclosure of public land is against the law.
    The experiment requires the enclosure of mercury vapor in a glass tube.
    At first, untrained horses resist enclosure .
  • (uncountable, British History) The post-feudal process of subdivision of common lands for individual ownership.
  • Strip-farming disappeared after enclosure .
  • The area of a convent, monastery, etc where access is restricted to community members.
  • Usage notes

    * For more on the spelling of this word, see (m).