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Literal CirclePlay
Encircle can literally mean creating a circular shape around something. SlideThe children encircled the campfire, eager to start roasting marshmallows.
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Hostile ActionPlay
Often used in military or competitive contexts to describe a strategy to trap or isolate. SlideThe pack of wolves encircled the intruder, cutting off any escape route.
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Figurative UsePlay
Can be used metaphorically to indicate a situation where someone is overwhelmed or trapped. SlideGossip about the scandal encircled the politician, leaving him with little privacy.