AskDefine | Define encircle

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1 be around; "Developments surround the town"; "The river encircles the village" [syn: surround, environ, circle, round, ring]
2 form a circle around; "encircle the errors" [syn: circle]
3 bind with something round or circular [syn: gird]

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  1. To surround, form a circle around.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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