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[en-sur-kuh l] /ɛnˈsɜr kəl/

verb (used with object), encircled, encircling.
to form a around; surround; encompass:
to encircle an enemy.
to make a movement around; make the circuit of.
(transitive) to form a circle around; enclose within a circle; surround

c.1400, from en- (1) “make, put in” + circle. Related: Encircled; encircling; encirclement.


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