verb (used with object), en·cir·cled, en·cir·cling.

  1. to form a circle around; surround; encompass: to encircle an enemy.
  2. to make a circling movement around; make the circuit of.


  1. (tr) 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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