Definition of encircle in English:

encircle

verb

[with object]
  • Form a circle around; surround.

    ‘the town is encircled by fortified walls’
    • ‘Imagine her surprise when she felt the point of a knife on the small of her back, and a large arm encircling her waist.’
    • ‘The cuff is an inelastic cloth that encircles the arm and encloses the inflatable rubber bladder.’
    • ‘I didn't get far though, before his arms encircled my waist and pulled me to his wet body.’
    • ‘One of Matt's arms encircled my waist and the other held my hand.’
    • ‘I smiled to myself as a pair of strong arms encircled my waist, steadying me and holding on tightly.’
    • ‘I felt his arms encircle my waist, and suddenly, we were five years old again, nothing mattered except our childish games, there was no war.’
    • ‘She brought her arms up to encircle his waist, feeling the strong muscles of his abdomen beneath her hands where they rested.’
    • ‘Suddenly, I felt a pair of arms encircle my waist and pull me into an embrace.’
    • ‘I felt his arm encircle my waist and I looked up and he was looking down on me, smiling nervously.’
    • ‘While I was washing up the coffee cups I felt a pair of arms encircle my waist and a head lean on my shoulder.’
    • ‘I was about to let go when I felt his arm encircle my waist, and his chin rest on the top of my head.’
    • ‘She felt a steady grip around her right wrist and a strong arm encircle her waist.’
    • ‘Looking at the side of the fan reveals a thin band of conductive material encircling the fan surround and connecting to the power cord.’
    • ‘To Jude she looked like an angel, with her dark locks encircling her face and her eyes closed and edged in thick lashes.’
    surround, enclose, circle, ring, encompass, circumscribe, border, bound, edge, skirt, fringe, form a ring around, form a barrier round
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Pronunciation

encircle

/ɪnˈsəːk(ə)l/ /ɛnˈsəːk(ə)l/